Ulna Fracture

What Is Ulna Fracture?

Ulna Fracture: Causes, Symptoms, and Effective Treatment

The forearm comprises two crucial bones: the radius and the ulna. The ulna extends from the wrist to the elbow, residing on the “pinky side” of the forearm. Although forearm injuries often involve both bones, when only one is fractured, it’s typically the ulna. Such fractures can result from a direct outside-arm blow, falls, sports-related incidents, or motor vehicle accidents. Ulna fractures can significantly impact the ability to rotate the arm, as well as bend and straighten the wrist and elbow.

Symptoms of an Ulna Fracture

An ulna fracture manifests with immediate pain, accompanied by:

  1. Swelling
  2. Bruising
  3. Numbness or Weakness: Often felt in the fingers or wrist
  4. Deformity: The forearm may appear visibly bent or misshapen
  5. Limited Mobility: Inability to move the forearm

Diagnosis of an Ulna Fracture

The diagnosis of an ulna fracture involves a physical examination and diagnostic imaging. X-rays are utilized to precisely identify the fracture type and location, aiding in the formulation of an effective treatment plan.

Treatment of an Ulna Fracture

Typically, treatment for an ulna fracture includes:

  1. Immobilization: The forearm is placed in a cast or brace for several weeks to facilitate proper healing.
  2. Medication: Prescribed to alleviate inflammation and pain.
  3. Surgery: Severely displaced fractures classified as unstable may require surgical intervention. Fixation devices like rods, wires, or screws may be implanted to maintain bone alignment during the healing process.
  4. Physical Therapy: A tailored program to restore muscle strength, range of motion, and flexibility.

At City Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, our expert team specializes in diagnosing and treating ulna fractures. We provide personalized treatment plans to ensure a swift and successful recovery.

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