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Arm Fracture In Adults


An arm fracture is a crack or break in one or more of the bones in your arm.


Informed consent

is a legal document that explains the tests, treatments, or procedures that you may need. Informed consent means you understand what will be done and can make decisions about what you want. You give your permission when you sign the consent form. You can have someone sign this form for you if you are not able to sign it. You have the right to understand your medical care in words you know. Before you sign the consent form, understand the risks and benefits of what will be done. Make sure all your questions are answered.


  • Antibiotics: This medicine is given to help treat or prevent an infection caused by bacteria.
  • Pain medicine: Caregivers may give you medicine to take away or decrease your pain.
    • Do not wait until the pain is severe to ask for your medicine. Tell caregivers if your pain does not decrease. The medicine may not work as well at controlling your pain if you wait too long to take it.
    • Pain medicine can make you dizzy or sleepy. Prevent falls by calling a caregiver when you want to get out of bed or if you need help.


Treatment will depend on what kind of fracture you have, and how bad it is. You may need any of the following:

  • Brace, cast, or splint: A brace, cast, or splint will decrease your arm movement and hold the broken bones in place. They help decrease pain, and prevent further damage to your broken bones.
  • Surgery: You may need debridement before your surgery if you have an open fracture. Debridement is when your healthcare provider removes damaged and infected tissue, and cleans your wound. Debridement is done to help prevent infection and improve healing. Healthcare provider will use pins, screws, wires, or other materials to hold your bones straight so they can heal. You may have pins coming out of your skin.


The nerves in your arm may be damaged, which can make your arm numb or weak. Your arm may not heal properly or work as well as it did before your injury. You may have a scar if you have surgery.


You have the right to help plan your care. Learn about your health condition and how it may be treated. Discuss treatment options with your caregivers to decide what care you want to receive. You always have the right to refuse treatment.

Further information

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.