Broken Arm (Upper)

Most of us will break a bone at some point in our lives. As a child it usually takes something major, like falling out of a tree, but we bounce back and soon can't wait to get our school mates to scribble on our plaster cast - although that's not so easy with the new lightweight casts! As we get older though, it may just be a trip over a rug that lands us on the floor with a broken arm.

You might hear your bone crack or snap as you land but you will certainly feel pain. You might also notice that your upper arm is swollen and is beginning to bruise or even that it looks a different shape. Sometimes you can feel numbness or tingling in your arm.

When should I see a doctor?

If you think you (or someone you are with) have broken an upper arm, you should seek medical attention straightaway. If you think it is a bad break, call 999/112/911.

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Dr Jacqueline Payne
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