A crushing injury of the forearm is typically caused by a heavy object falling onto the arm or a hard blow to the arm. It can also be caused by a motor vehicle or industrial accident, or a sports-related injury.
The diagnosis of a crushing injury of the forearm can be made based on the patient’s medical history, physical examination, and imaging, such as x-rays or an MRI. On physical examination, the patient may experience pain and tenderness in the affected area, swelling, and limited movement.
The differential diagnosis for a crushing injury of the forearm includes fractures, contusions, sprains, and nerve injuries.
Treatment for a crushing injury of the forearm depends on the severity of the injury, but may include rest, physical therapy, medications, and in some cases, surgery.
The prognosis for a crushing injury of the forearm is generally good, depending on the severity of the injury and the patient’s response to treatment. With appropriate treatment and rehabilitation, most patients are able to make a full recovery.