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.
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
- 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:
- Computerized tomography (CT)
- Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)