What do you do when you break an arm?

What do you do when you break an arm?

A simple break might be treated with a sling, ice and rest. However, the bone may require realignment (reduction) in the emergency room. A more complicated break might require surgery to realign the broken bone and to implant wires, plates, nails or screws to keep the bone in place during healing.

What happen if you break your arm?

Swelling. Maybe an obvious deformity compared to the other arm. Possible open wound either from the bone puncturing the skin or from the skin being cut during the injury. Decreased sensation or inability to move the limb, which may indicate nerve damage.

What’s the best way to treat a broken arm?

The following treatment methods are what one would typically expect: Splint, brace, or cast: They work to restrict maneuverability of your arm and help hold the broken arm in place whilst it heals naturally. This helps to reduce pain and prevent further aggravating the injury. Pain medication helps to decrease one’s levels of pain.

What should I do if my child broke his arm?

If you think you or your child has broken an arm, seek prompt medical attention. It’s important to treat a fracture as soon as possible for proper healing. Treatment depends on the site and severity of the injury. A simple break might be treated with a sling, ice and rest.

When to see a doctor for a broken arm?

If you have enough pain in your arm that you can’t use it normally, see a doctor right away. The same applies to your child. Delays in diagnosis and treatment of a broken arm, especially for children, who heal faster than adults do, can lead to poor healing. Common causes for a broken arm include: Falls.

How long does it take for a broken arm to heal?

Treatment of a broken arm depends on the type of break. The time needed for healing depends on a variety of factors, including severity of the injury; other conditions, such as diabetes; your age; nutrition; and tobacco and alcohol use.