Arm fractures, including ulna fractures, are common injuries in both adults and children. Fractures may cause a great deal of pain and may take an extended period of time to heal. If you or a member of your family have suffered an ulna fracture in an accident that was caused by another party’s negligence, Estey & Bomberger may be able to help you obtain the compensation you are entitled to for your injuries.
Forearm Fracture Injuries
The two bones that make up the forearm are the radius and the ulna. A fracture of the ulna is known as an ulnar fracture, and a fracture of the radius is known as a radial fracture. Both types of fractures may be referred to as a forearm fracture. Both ulnar fractures and radial fractures are common in auto accidents, pedestrian accidents, and slip and fall accidents, but may be caused by any severe impact on the forearm.
Types of Ulnar Fractures
The most common type of ulnar fracture is a Colles Fracture, a break in the ends of the ulna and the radius near the wrist. This is a type of hyperextension injury which causes the hand to be positioned backward and outward in relation to the wrist. A fracture of the ulna that affects the joint with the radius, often caused by a fall on an outstretched hand or a direct blow to the back of the upper forearm, is a Monteggia fracture.
Ulnar fracture Symptoms
Ulnar fractures are usually diagnosed after a physical examination and confirmed with an X-ray. The symptoms of an ulnar fracture are:
- Extreme pain
- Limited range of motion
- Deformity of the forearm or wrist.
- Ulnar Fracture Treatment
A fracture of both the ulna and the radius will likely require surgery, but a fracture of only the ulna can often be treated with just a fracture brace or cast. Treatment of an ulnar fracture will vary depending on the type and severity of the fracture, and whether or not the radial bone was also fractured. Your doctor may prescribe physical therapy to help you restore strength and range of motion.
Ulnar Fracture Complications
Ulnar fractures that do not require surgery usually heal on their own with a period of immobilization. However, if the fracture is not stable, or is severely displaced, surgery may be necessary using plates and screws to secure the bone in place. If surgery is required, there is a risk of infection, which could require a metal implant to be removed. If the fracture does not heal within a reasonable period of time, additional surgery may be necessary.
What to Do After an Ulnar Fracture
Seeking prompt medical attention after a forearm fracture is essential to facilitate the healing process. If you were injured in an accident, do not speak to the insurance adjustor before you speak to a qualified and experienced personal injury attorney. The lawyers at Estey & Bomberger offer a free consultation to review your situation, answer your questions and explain your legal rights and options. To speak with a California ulnar fracture attorney about your potential case, call Estey & Bomberger at (800)925-0723. All consultations are free and if we represent you, we will not charge any fees unless we win your case.