Broken Arm Treatment

Call 911 if:

  • The person is seriously injured
  • You suspect an injury to the person’s head, neck, or back
  • Bone is sticking out of the skin
  • Bleeding doesn’t stop after several minutes of firm pressure
  • Blood spurts from the wound
  1. Stop the Bleeding if Necessary

  • Apply firm pressure to the wound area with a clean cloth until bleeding stops.
  • If bone is pushing through skin, do not touch it or try to put it back in place.
  1. Reduce Swelling

  • Apply ice.
  • Elevate the arm above the heart, if possible.
  1. Immobilize Arm

For less serious injuries:

  • Cut away the sleeve if it cannot be removed without moving the injured arm.
  • If you can without moving the arm, carefully tape it to rolled-up newspaper or a ruler with first aid tape.
  1. See a Health Care Provider Immediately

  1. Follow Up

  • The health care provider will likely take X-rays and may apply a cast or splint.
  • Surgery may be needed to reset the bone or realign broken pieces.
  • A bone that has broken through the skin will require cleaning and possibly surgery.


Referenced on 23/05/2021

  2. American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: “Broken Arm."
  3. KidsHealth: “Broken Bones" and “Broken Bones Instruction Sheet."
  4. American Academy of Family Physicians: “Casts and Splints."
  5. Broken Arm Information from eMedicineHealth.

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