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Suggest if a cracking sound and swollen arm indicate fracture

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I lifted a piece of furniture and heard my right forearm crack. It feels a bit swollen. Did I fracture it?
Posted Sat, 23 Aug 2014 in Bones, Muscles and Joints
Answered by Dr. Pragnesh Vachharajani 26 minutes later
Brief Answer:
Yes,could be.

Detailed Answer:

Thanks for posting your query.

Normally bones of forearm can fracture, when ever there is good amount of pressure or force applied to it by some way.

It is unusual to fracture a forearm bone just by lifting weight.

Still, as a you heard a sound and you have swelling,one has to look for a possibility of fracture.

Common Signs of fracture:
Increasing swelling
Increasing pain
painful and restricted movement.

Please visit your doctor and get an x ray done if you have any of above mentioned symptoms.


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