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.
Wrist Fracture - Treatment
Diagnosis is usually confirmed with an x-ray. Treatment depends on which bone is fractured and the whether the bones are out of place or not. Various other things are considered including age, overall health, hand dominance, and occupation. Occasionally splints or casts are used to treat non-displaced fractures. Other times, the fracture must be stabilized with the use of screw, plates or pins.
During your recover motion of the fingers are important to prevent stiffness. Recovery times and outcomes vary depending on the severity of the injury and numerous other fractures. Persistent stiffness may require a visit with a hand therapist to work on flexibility, strength and function.