Radius and Ulnar Shaft Fractures
Fractures of the radius and ulna are commonly encountered injuries. They can be caused by both direct and indirect trauma to the forearm. Compared to other bones, fractures of the radius and ulna have a high ratio of open to closed injuries, so a thorough soft tissue examination is essential and a high index of suspicion is warranted with associated forearm abrasions and lacerations. This chapter focuses on the basics of ulnar and radial shaft (diaphyseal) fractures, their management and the common complications associated with their care.