What is a Wrist Fracture?
A wrist fracture is a break or a crack in one or more of your wrist bones. This injury most commonly occurs when people outstretch their hand during a fall and try to catch themselves, instead they land hard on their hand.
There are a few common risk factors of a wrist fracture, one is if you participate in sports. People who particularly play in sports such as skating or snowboarding are more likely to break a bone. Another common risk factor is osteoporosis, this disease weakens bones and makes them more fragile and causes them to break easily.
Symptoms of a Wrist Fracture
Typically, when experiencing a wrist fracture, there are a few common signs and symptoms, such as:
- Severe pain. Which might worsen when gripping or squeezing or moving your hand or wrist.
- An obvious deformity. Such as a bent wrist.
It is typical for your physician to request imaging, such as X-rays, MRI, or a CT scan to determine if you have a break or the severity of the fracture.
- Immobilization: It is critical for your wrist to heal properly with a splint or cast. You will also be asked to keep your hand above your heat to reduce any swelling and pain.
- Medications: It’s common for your doctor to recommend over the counter pain relievers. If your physician is worried about infection, you might also be prescribed an antibiotic.
- Physical Therapy: It is normal for your doctor to recommend physical therapy after your cast is removed to restore movement in your wrist.
Depending on the severity of your wrist fracture you might require surgery to implant pins, plates, rods or screws to hold your bones in place while they heal.