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    Wrist Fracture

    Wrist Fracture

    Treatment in South Florida

    Sometimes a wrist fracture is also called a “Colles fracture” or “Distal Radius Fracture.” Typically, a break occurs in the larger of the two bones in your forearm. The bone breaks on the lower end. Close to where it connects to the bones on the side where the thumb connects the wrist.

    The most common type of wrist fracture is the Colles’ fracture. In fact, one out of every 10 broken bones is a broken wrist. Typically, these injuries occur from falling onto an outstretched arm or getting hit in the wrist.

    A wrist fracture is more common in people who participate in contact sports, also skiers, inline skaters, and bikers. Additionally, people with osteoporosis or thinning of the bones are at an incredibly high-risk.  Granted, they can happen to anyone who takes a fall or gets hit.

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    Wrist Fracture Signs & Symptoms

    Wrist Fracture

    A broken wrist may have one or more symptoms, such as:

    • Pain, especially when flexing the wrist
    • Swelling
    • Tenderness
    • Bruising
    • Deformity of the wrist (causing it to look crooked and bent.)

    Sometimes, a broken wrist can affect the nerves or blood flow. You should seek IMMEDIATE medical attention if you experience symptoms, such as:

    • Wrist is in great pain
    • Wrist, arm, or hand is numb
    • Fingers are pale

    Our team of orthopedic surgeons is experts in the treatment of wrist fractures. Whether you have just begun to experience symptoms or have been experiencing the symptoms for a while, you can count on us for an effective wrist fracture treatment. You can visit any of our offices in Boca Raton, Deerfield Beach, Coral Springs, Plantation, and Fort Lauderdale.

    Wrist Fracture Causes

    It is typical for a wrist fracture to be caused by one of the following:

    • Sports injuries. Many wrist fractures occur during contact sports or sports in which you might fall onto an outstretched hand — such as in-line skating or snowboarding.
    • Falls. Falling onto an outstretched hand is one of the most common causes of a broken wrist.
    • Motor vehicle crashes. Motor vehicle crashes can cause wrist bones to break, sometimes into many pieces, and often require surgical repair.

    Risk Factors:

    Participating in certain sports activities and having the bone-thinning disease osteoporosis can increase your chances of breaking a wrist. The following sports put you at a higher risk for experiencing a wrist fracture:

    • Football
    • Soccer
    • Rugby
    • In-line skating
    • Horseback riding
    • Hockey
    • Skiing
    • In-line skating
    • Snowboarding
    • Jumping on a trampoline

    South Florida Hand Center has become the preferred orthopedic practice wrist fracture treatment in Broward and Palm Beach. Call us 24/7 at 888-409-8006 to schedule an appointment or use the button below.

    Wrist Fracture Diagnosis

    To properly diagnose a wrist fracture, your doctor will take a comprehensive medical history. This history includes prior injuries, information of daily activities, and a history of symptoms. Not to mention, X-rays can also help determine a wrist fracture. Your physician might order one depending on your condition. Although, other tests such as an MRI or CT scan can show a fracture more clearly.

    Wrist Fracture Treatment

    Some treatments may be more particular than others depending on the diagnosis. Your treatment plan will be made to fit your specific condition.

    It is typical for the following to be recommended:

    • Immobilization: It is typical for someone with a wrist fracture to be placed in a splint or cast. In fact, by resting the tendon, the inflammation should decrease.
    • Anti-Inflammatory Medications: Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications will help control symptoms of pain. Although, most importantly they help treat wrist fracture to rid of inflammation. Plus, swelling of the soft tissues. These treatment medications can decrease inflammation, which causes pain in the wrist.
    • Ice the Injury: Applying an ice pack intermittently to the area of inflammation may also be beneficial.
    • Therapy: Hand therapy is a specialized type of therapy. It is focused on the complex function of the hand, wrist and the many tendons and ligaments that support the joint.

    Wrist Fracture Surgery:

    Depending on the severity of the fracture, surgery might be an option. It would consist of hardware to hold your bones in place while they heal, such as:

    • Implant pins
    • Plates
    • Rods
    • Screws

    It’s important after surgery for your surgeon to monitor the progress. This is done with X-rays to make sure no bones shift. If they do shift, however, you might need additional surgery.


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