Arm Bones Broken Arm Fracture

How to know if you have a broken arm

Close-up of a young woman's hand in plaster.

It can sometimes be hard to tell the difference between a broken bone, also known as a fracture, and simply a sprain or other injury. Here are six signs that may mean you have a broken arm:

  1. Arm looks crooked
  2. Bruising
  3. Pain
  4. Swelling
  5. Arm is difficult to move
  6. Arm feels numb or tingly

Visit a hand surgeon if any of these symptoms are true. Any deep cuts that may have occurred during your injury should also be checked immediately since there is a risk of infection. Your hand surgeon or emergency doctor may treat you with a cast or recommend surgery.

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1 Comment
  • Kathleen Houser
    May 24, 2019 at 12:43 AM

    Why didn’t I feel pain when my left forearm was twisted and both bones were broken?

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