If you’ve ever broken one of your arms you will know it can be a painful injury. It will typically occur in one of two ways. The most common way is to fall onto your arm. If this happens in an awkward manner, you can break one or more of the bones. It may also happen if you are in an accident and something hits your arm with force, breaking the bones as a result.
Treating a broken arm will depend on how badly it was broken in the first place. Sometimes a hairline fracture will result, which can usually be plastered and will heal on its own. Conversely, if the break is more complex, it may require surgery to put right. This will most often happen if the bones are severely out of alignment or have even punctured the skin. This could cause bleeding and further injury that will need to be sorted out.
Not sure whether you have a broken arm or not?
It is quite common to be uncertain about an injury to your arm. If you sprain the arm badly it will be painful to move and will swell as well. You may even experience bruising. You can also have all these symptoms with a break. This is why it is always a good idea to go to your nearest A&E department to have the arm X-rayed. This will confirm whether your arm is broken or not.
Treating a broken arm will always involve X-rays to determine the nature of the break. If you suspect a break, make sure you don’t eat or drink prior to being examined at the hospital. If you do, it could delay treatment, especially if you need anaesthetic. Furthermore, don’t move the arm as you could make any break worse than it is already.
This type of injury will be painful. You will usually be given painkillers or recommended to take a particular painkiller to help you through this part of the process. Over time, as the bones start to heal, the pain will reduce.
You may also be wondering whether someone else was at fault for your broken arm. If you were in a car accident, for example, was the other driver at fault? Were you hit while walking across a pedestrian crossing, by a driver who didn’t stop? Call 0800 689 0500 to get no-obligation advice from Accident Advice Helpline now.
Date Published: January 25, 2016
Author: Allison Whitehead