If you even suspect you might have broken a bone in your arm, you’ll need to attend a casualty department to get this confirmed. An x-ray should confirm the break and you will then receive appropriate treatment to make sure the break heals in the proper way. When you have a broken arm, doctor treatment by someone in an A&E department will set you on the road to recovery.
Most people will be put in plaster following an accident that leaves them with a broken arm. When this happens, they will be unable to use the affected arm for a few weeks. The shortest period in plaster would be about a month, but it can take two months or longer if you experienced a serious break that required further treatment, e.g. pinning of the bones.
Doing exercises after seeing a doctor for a broken arm
You should still move your arm to a degree when it is in plaster, but refrain from heavy lifting or carrying anything in that arm. Keeping your arm and hand completely immobile is not a good idea as it can lead to muscle wastage and other problems.
When seeing a doctor for a broken arm, or later if you are referred to a physiotherapist, you can ask about suitable exercises you can do in this situation. They will know what to do for the best, so you can get back to normal soon after the plaster eventually comes off.
What about claiming for your injuries?
Many people start thinking about what happened and how the injury occurred once they have received the initial treatment for a broken arm. Doctors’ appointments and follow-ups can help you heal, but how can you find out whether compensation might also be possible for you? It will depend on one issue – negligence. Did you trip and fall because a hazard hadn’t been removed or signed with a warning notice, for example? Did you experience a fall at work or break your arm while using machinery that didn’t have a guard on it?
Such things are rare, but that doesn’t mean they cannot happen. Calling Accident Advice Helpline is the best move to make and you can do it on 0800 689 0500 to find out more. If you’re on a mobile, ring 0333 500 0993 and ask about the likelihood of claiming compensation for your own broken arm. Call our team today.
Date Published: February 20, 2017
Author: Rob Steen