What is a broken wrist, and how is it treated?
The bones of the forearm (radius and ulna) extend to the carpal bones in the wrist, creating the wrist joint. The larger of these two bones, known as the distal radius, is the bone most often affected by a wrist fracture.
This injury is most often caused by a high impact or a fall onto an outstretched hand.
Although most wrist fractures occur in the distal radius, the fracture itself can have many variations including:
Intra-articular fracture – A fracture that extends into the wrist joint.
Extra-articular fracture – A fracture that does not extend into the joint.
Open fracture – When a fractured bone breaks the skin. These types of fractures require immediate medical attention because of the risk of infection.
Comminuted fracture – When a bone is broken into more than two pieces.
Patients who sustain a wrist fracture may experience the following symptoms:
At OrthoNeuro, our Board Certified Hand and Wrist Specialists have helped thousands of patients with wrist fractures live active and healthy lives using the latest non-surgical options.
The treatment options for wrist fractures are based on the location of the fracture as well as what type of fracture has been sustained.
Your OrthoNeuro Specialist will determine what treatment options are best for you based on X-Rays and the severity of symptoms.
At OrthoNeuro non-surgical treatment options may include:
In the instance that the fracture is severe or is causing instability in the wrist, your OrthoNeuro Specialist may recommend a surgical procedure to fix the fracture.
During the procedure:
If you have been experiencing the symptoms of a broken wrist, schedule an appointment with one of our Board Certified Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Specialists at one of our 7 convenient locations throughout Greater Columbus.
Best of all, most patients can be seen within 24 hours of making an appointment.
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