I Think My Arm Is Broken ... Now What?
You are running down the football field getting ready to catch that game winning play when suddenly the hit comes out of no where and you are definitely NOT going to land on your feet.
You try to brace for impact as you reach for the ground. You feel an immediate searing pain in your arm so pressing up from the ground is not an option. As you are looking at your arm you notice a bump surrounded by swelling and bruising. What could be causing the pain and swelling?
One of the most common injuries as a result from a fall can be a broken arm. Depending on the severity of the fracture, there can be different courses of treatment. Some fractures will heal with a cast and therapy while others will need surgery requiring therapy by a certified hand therapist to help regain range of motion and strength to the injured arm.
What are some ways you can prevent a fracture? Make sure your diet is rich in vitamin D and calcium. Exercise is also great for ensuring your bones are strong enough to support you if you fall and help with balance and reaction timing. Making sure you are wearing proper footwear is also important, as well as riding your home of any hazards that could increase the likelihood of a fall like small throw rugs. Maintaining good health is crucial, but activities to include smoking adversely affects the body in many ways but especially when it comes to proper bone health.
If you suspect that you have an upper extremity fracture of the wrist, arm, or shoulder, make sure you see a physician that specializes in upper extremities promptly. Not sure who to see for your injury, give us a call for a recommendation.
Have you already been treated by a physician and are looking to get back on the field?
Call J2 Therapy and Wellness and schedule your one on one personalized consultation today at 703-444-9562.