Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira‘s arm was broken last night by Frank Mir in a submission hold called a reverse ude-garami technique (arm entaglement, a shoulder lock) or more commonly known as a Kimura. Masahiko Kimura used the technique to defeat Hélio Gracie of the Gracie Jiu Jitsu family in 1951. The technique focuses on hyperextension of the arm and hyperrotation of the elbow. The extreme force placed on Nogueira’s humerus was enough to fracture it.
The athlete’s injured arm was placed in a sling as he was taken out of the octagon and to the hospital. Ice was applied to reduce the inflammation and pain medications were prescribed. The fracture was diagnosed by Xray (radiograph) as a distal diaphysis humerus fracture. The humerus was then set in normal alignment and then placed in a cast. Surgery will most likely not be indicated because of the body’s amazing capacity to heal itself. The body will send cells known as osteoblasts (bone builders), osteoclasts (bone destroyers), and many other cells that will replace the injured tissues.
Proper nutrition consisting of amino acids and other building blocks will be required for the athlete’s arm to properly heal. After a couple weeks another radiograph will be performed to ensure proper union is taking place. His muscles will start to atrophy however exercising his opposite arm with reflexively keep some of the atrophy from occurring. Physical therapy will begin and strengthening exercises and mobilization will be performed.
Dana White the owner of the UFC has the final word in whether or not Nogueira will able to continue to fight in the octagon.
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