The wrist is made up of multiple small bones that allow a wide range of motion. A wrist facture can occur when an external force is applied such as falling down on an outstretch hand, fall from a height, or when involved in a car accident.
The most commonly fractured bone is the radius. This may result in swelling, pain and decreased range of motion. When larger bones are injured the wrist may appear deformed. Sometimes smaller bones of the wrist such as the Scaphoid may be fractured. The external changes such as swelling are generally less. However, it may result in pain with motion of the wrist.