What type of injury where the cause falls on an outstretched arm?

What type of injury where the cause falls on an outstretched arm?

What type of injury where the cause falls on an outstretched arm?

Distal radial fractures, including Colles’ and Smith fractures, are common FOOSH injuries. They affect your wrist where it meets your arm’s radius. The radius is the larger of the two bones in your forearm. Often this type of fracture will cause swelling, bone displacement, bruising, and extreme pain along your radius.

What injuries can be caused by falling on an outstretched hand?

Some of the orthopedic injuries caused by FOOSH include:

  • Colles’ fractures. A Colles’ fracture occurs in the forearm or wrist.
  • Boxer’s fracture. These are fractures you can sustain in the small bones of your hand.
  • Elbow fractures and dislocation.
  • Shoulder fractures.
  • Smith fractures.
  • Cellulitis.
  • Bruising.

What happens when you fall on an outstretched arm?

Proximal humeral fracture: a FOOSH injury may jam your arm bone up into your shoulder, causing a proximal humeral fracture. Shoulder dislocation: a fall with your hand and arm outstretched may cause your shoulder to come out of joint. This may cause a rotator cuff tear or a labrum injury.

What to do if you fall and hurt your arm?


  1. Rest. Take a break from your normal activities.
  2. Ice. Place an ice pack or bag of frozen peas on the sore area for 15 to 20 minutes three times a day.
  3. Compression. Use a compression bandage to reduce swelling.
  4. Elevation. If possible, elevate your arm to help reduce swelling.

Why do arms hurt after falling?

Ligaments are the bands of tissue that connect bones to each other. They are often due to injuries from falling, heavy lifting, and sports. Pain and swelling can range from mild to severe.

How do you tell if arm is broken or sprained?

If you can walk with soreness, it is unlikely that it is broken. Is there significant swelling? If the injured area experiences immediate and severe swelling, that could be a sign of a broken bone or fracture. However, if the swelling is mild and develops gradually, it is likely a sprain or strain.

How long does an arm injury take to heal?

Swelling and pain from bruises start to get better 2 to 3 days after an injury. Swelling is usually gone by 7 days. It may take 2 weeks for a bruise to fade away. Swelling and pain from strains and sprains start to get better 2 to 3 days after an injury.

What should you do if you fall on your arm?

Home treatment for a minor injury

  1. Rest and protect an injured or sore area.
  2. Ice will reduce pain and swelling.
  3. Compression, or wrapping the injured or sore area with an elastic bandage (such as an Ace wrap), will help decrease swelling.

When should you go to the doctor for a hand injury?

If you think you might have a broken hand, see a doctor immediately, especially if you have numbness, swelling or trouble moving your fingers. A delay in diagnosis and treatment can lead to poor healing, decreased range of motion and decreased grip strength.