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Current Concepts Review - Chronic Disorders of the Forearm*
ROBIN R. RICHARDS, M.D., F.R.C.S.(C)†, TORONTO, ONTARIO, CANADA
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*No benefits in any form have been received or will be received from a commercial party related directly or indirectly to the subject of this article. No funds were received in support of this study.
J Bone Joint Surg Am, 1996 Jun 01;78(6):916-30
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The forearm fulfills an important role in the integrated function of the upper extremity. It maintains a stable link between the elbow and the wrist, provides an origin for many of the muscles that insert on the hand, and allows rotation of the wrist to position the hand more effectively in space. Acute injuries can involve different components of the forearm unit simultaneously, thus necessitating integrated treatment of all of the injured structures for recovery of function14,22,48,68,71,107. Chronic disorders of the forearm interfere with the stability, strength, and rotatory motion required to allow effective function of the hand. The treatment of these disorders is complex, as they involve both bone and soft-tissue structures; moreover, the lack of a generally accepted classification system leads to confusion regarding diagnosis and treatment. The anatomical location of the forearm between the elbow and the wrist has not inspired the intense scrutiny by subspecialists that has been provoked with regard to the hand, wrist, and elbow. The purpose of the current review is to discuss chronic skeletal disorders of the forearm in adults.
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