Imagine lifting your arm up and your hand flops to feel your elbow. That’s sorta what happens when you break your foream. Tony Pike is the starting quarterback for the University of Cincinnati, which is unreal. Why? He was the third string quarterback to start the year. Univeristy of Cincinnati has hit a rash of injuries to quarterback, so it was no surprise when Tony Pike broke his forearm.
The first thing you need to understand is that the forearm is actually two bones, the ulna and radius. Tony Pike broke his radius, which is the inside bone running from the elbow to the thumb side.
How do you break your forearm? Blunt trauma. As with most bone breaks, you need a tremendous amount of force or pressure to break a bone. In this case, Tony Pike suffered the injury when he was hit hard.
How do you diagnose a broken forearm? In most cases it’s going to be obvious that the forearm is broken. An xray will confirm the break, the severity and which bones are broken. It’s also important to see if there is muscle or nerve damage. The best possible outcome is a break in one of the bones with no collateral damage. The worst is a complete break of both bones that have damaged surrounding muscles and nerves.
How do you treat a broken forearm? The forearm is an engineering miracle. It’s important to ensure the bones are lined up properly, which means more than likely surgery. After surgery a cast is needed for a number of weeks depending on the severity of the break.
How long does it take to recover from a broken forearm? Single bone break, set by surgery will take up to 4 weeks to heal. A more severe break with surgery, muscle and/or nerve damage might take up to 6 months to heal.