Introduction of Wrist Fracture

Wrist fracture is also known as ‘Broken Wrist’. A fractured or broken wrist means there is a break or a crack in one or more of the bones of the wrist.

The most common of these injuries occurs in the wrist when people try to catch themselves during a fall and land hard on an outstretched hand.

Wrist Fracture Symptoms, Causes, DiagnosisWhat are the symptoms of Wrist Fracture?

If you have a broken wrist or broken hand, you may experience these signs and symptoms:

  • Severe pain that tends to increase during gripping or squeezing
  • Swelling
  • Tenderness
  • Bruising
  • Obvious deformity, such as a bent wrist or crooked finger
  • Stiffness or inability to move your fingers or thumb
  • Numbness or coldness in your hand

What are the causes of Wrist Fracture?

A direct blow or crushing injury to your wrists can break any of the bones in them. Common causes include:

  • Falls. Falling onto an outstretched hand is one of the most common causes of a broken wrist.
  • 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. Wrist fractures are common with baseball, basketball and football.
  • Motor vehicle crashes. High-velocity injuries that can occur during motor vehicle crashes may cause wrist fracture into many pieces, requiring surgical repair.
  • Other medical problems. Osteoporosis

How is your Wrist Fracture Diagnosed?

Imaging scans are crucial to the diagnosis of a broken wrist:

  • X-rays
  • Computerized tomography (CT)
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
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