There are three bones in your arm: the ulna, radius and humerus. The most commonly broken arm bone is the humerus, which is the large bone between the shoulder and the elbow. Most distal humerus fractures (breaks near the elbow) are caused by a high-energy event, like a fall from standing, falling down the stairs, sports-related blows or an automobile collision. Falling onto an outstretched hand or elbow is the most common cause of a broken arm, accounting for nearly half the 6 million broken bones in the United States each year.
If you or a loved needs broken arm treatment in Baton Rouge, please visit Urgent Care of Baton Rouge. We welcome walk-ins Mon – Fri, 9 a.m. – 8 p.m., and Sat – Sun, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Treatment of a broken arm largely depends on the type, location and severity of the break. To ensure you’re receiving appropriate care; your doctor will need to ask a few questions to better understand your medical history. Factors like age, diabetes, nutrition, tobacco or alcohol use can all affect healing time.
Bone fractures are classified into one or more of the following categories:
Once your doctor has a complete medical history and has identified the type of break, they can provide appropriate treatment. Typical broken arm treatment includes:
If you fall on or sustain a sports-related injury and hear a snap or cracking sound, you may have broken one or more bones in your arm. Here are some additional signs and symptoms of a broken arm:
Using an x-ray for fast results and diagnostic accuracy is essential when you’re in pain and concerned about what to do with a broken arm. Our licensed radiologists follow the highest safety standards with certified equipment to ensure an excellent image on the first try, minimizing your exposure to radiation. We welcome walk-in appointments and are open daily.