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What happens to an older person with a broken arm?

What happens to an older person with a broken arm?

Fractures that have multiple breaks, involve a joint, have open wounds, or become infected could have healing complications. Older adults have an increased chance of losing some ability or movement in the broken arm. Chronic diseases such as osteoporosis and diabetes may slow the healing process.

Can you break your arm by falling on your hand?

You can also break your upper arm by falling on to your hand when your arm is straight, especially if it is out to your side. If you are elderly, it is possible you have developed ‘thinning’ of the bones ( osteoporosis ). This makes it more likely that you will break your arm following a relatively minor fall or accident.

What are the names of the broken bones in the arm?

Broken Arm Overview. The arm consists of 3 major bones. The humerus runs from the shoulder to the elbow. This is called the upper arm, or, simply, the arm. At the elbow, the humerus connects with 2 bones: the radius and the ulna. These bones go from the elbow to the wrist and are regarded as the forearm.

How long does it take for a broken upper arm to heal?

How well a break to the upper arm (fractured humerus) usually heals does depend on things such as which part you have broken, how you broke it, how badly you have broken it and how old you are. Most breaks of the upper arm heal very well and a broken upper arm has usually healed within a month or two.

Fractures that have multiple breaks, involve a joint, have open wounds, or become infected could have healing complications. Older adults have an increased chance of losing some ability or movement in the broken arm. Chronic diseases such as osteoporosis and diabetes may slow the healing process.

When to go to the hospital for a broken arm?

Most broken arms will not require admission to the hospital. For all other fractures, the treating doctor will suggest you follow up with an orthopedic doctor (bone specialist). At that time, the orthopedist will determine what further care (continued splinting, casting, or surgery) is necessary based on the type of fracture.

Broken Arm Overview. The arm consists of 3 major bones. The humerus runs from the shoulder to the elbow. This is called the upper arm, or, simply, the arm. At the elbow, the humerus connects with 2 bones: the radius and the ulna. These bones go from the elbow to the wrist and are regarded as the forearm.

What causes a crack or break in the arm?

Failure to comply may result in legal action. An arm fracture is a crack or break in one or more of the bones in your arm. An arm fracture may be caused by a fall onto an outstretched hand. It may also be caused by trauma from a car accident or a sports injury.