Crushing injury of the forearm is caused by direct trauma to the area. It can be due to a fall, crush injury, motor vehicle accident, or other types of trauma.
The diagnosis of a crushing injury of the forearm is usually made by physical examination. The doctor will look for signs of swelling, bruising, tenderness, and deformity. X-rays may be done to determine the extent of the injury.
Differential diagnosis for a crushing injury of the forearm includes fractures, contusions, ligament injuries, and nerve and tendon injuries.
Treatment of a crushing injury of the forearm depends on the severity of the injury. Treatment may include rest, ice, compression, elevation, anti-inflammatory medications, and physical therapy. Surgery may be necessary if the injury is severe.
The prognosis of a crushing injury of the forearm depends on the severity of the injury. Most mild injuries will heal with rest, ice, compression, elevation, and anti-inflammatory medications. More severe injuries may require surgery and a longer recovery time.