Forearm Fracture

ExitCare ImageThe forearm is between your elbow and your wrist. It has two bones (ulna and radius). A fracture is a break in one or both of these bones.

HOME CARE

  • Raise (elevate) your arm above the level of the heart.

  • Put ice on the injured area.

  • Put ice in a plastic bag.

  • Place a towel between the skin and the bag.

  • Leave the ice on for 15-20 minutes, 03-04 times a day.

  • If given a plaster or fiberglass cast:

  • Do not try to scratch the skin under the cast with sharp or pointed objects.

  • Check the skin around the cast every day. You may put lotion on any red or sore areas.

  • Keep the cast dry and clean.

  • If given a plaster splint:

  • Wear the splint as told.

  • You may loosen the elastic around the splint if the fingers become numb, tingle, or turn cold or blue.

  • Do not put pressure on any part of the cast or splint. It may break. Rest the cast only on a pillow the first 24 hours until it is fully hardened.

  • The cast or splint can be protected during bathing with a plastic bag. Do not lower the cast or splint into water.

  • Only take medicine as told by your doctor.

GET HELP RIGHT AWAY IF:

  • The cast gets damaged or breaks.

  • You have pain or puffiness (swelling).

  • The skin or nails below the injury turn blue or gray, or feel cold or numb.

  • There is a bad smell, new stains, or fluid coming from under the cast.

MAKE SURE YOU:

  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.