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Fractures of the forearm can occur after a fall or a direct blow and usually involve both the radius and the ulna. Fractures of the ulna alone can occur when parrying a blow with the forearm.
A fracture of the ulna can be combined with a dislocation of its articulation at the elbow joint (Monteggia’s fracture). The elbow should therefore be examined and X-rayed when fracture of the ulna occurs.


It is important that the two bones, the ulna and the radius, are restored to their precise anatomical positions. Immobilization in a cast for 6–10 weeks is advisable, and surgery is frequently indicated, especially in cases of displacement.

When the cast is removed the arm should be strengthened by training for 6–10 weeks before the injured athlete can return to sporting activity.

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