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What is a wristbone fracture?
Hands and forearms are connected by the wrist joint. A wrist fracture can result from a broken small (carpal) bone in this joint or, more commonly, from a broken distal radius,
the larger of the two forearm bones. Most often, this bone breaks at the lower end, where it joins the hand and thumb bones.
How does it happen?
Virtually anyone can take a tumble and end up with a broken wrist, but the majority of people with the problem fall into one of two categories.
The first group is elderly men and women who are vulnerable to wrist fractures because of low bone density. Because their bones are fragile,
it doesn’t take much of a fall to break the wrist.
Patients in the second group, tend to be younger and more active, with fractured wrists resulting from higher energy mechanisms, such as a skiing mishap or
getting hit while playing contact sports. Patients sustain breaks that involve the wrist joint and are often more severe.
How is it treated?
Treatment decisions are not only based on what the X-ray looks like but on who the fracture happened to, and who that person is.
Factors taken into consideration include whether one or more bones are broken, in one or several places; whether torn ligaments are involved,
and whether there are other injuries that require treatment. The good news is, most people with wrist fractures recover fully.
The range of treatment options for wrist fracture includes: A cast or splint is worn for five to six weeks, followed by physical therapy.
A pin is used to hold the bone in place after surgery to fix the break. Temporary pins are usually used. In the weeks following the outpatient surgery,
patients are required to wear a cast or splint and then undergo physical therapy.
Plates and screws are used in reconstructive surgery, which is also an outpatient procedure. Patients are required to wear a cast for two to three weeks,
and then transition to a removable brace and begin physical therapy.
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