Wrist Fracture Treatments
Wrist Fracture treatment is treated by wrist fracture specialist clinic. Treatment of wrist fractures is usually done by orthopaedic specialist. But before going to the hospital, there are several things we can do to prevent further damage, namely by immobilisation.
Immobilization of wrist fracture is a limitation of movement in the wrist fracture, with the aim of avoiding further bone shifts and accelerating healing. You can use a cast to make sure the condition of the hand is stable and free of movement.
In addition, you can also attach a bag of ice to the pain area to reduce swelling and pain. Great pain often requires medication to treat it.
Even though pain has subsided, you are advised to continue to see a doctor to get the right definitive therapy. The treatment given by the doctor will be adjusted according to the severity of the injury and the type of fracture.
If according to a doctor’s diagnosis, you only suffer from a minor bone fracture where the bone is still in position, then the doctor usually simply attaches the cast so that the wrist position is maintained, and to prevent further damage. Pain relievers can also be given to relieve pain that may occur.
If the position of the wrist bone is shifted but the shift is not too severe, the doctor can apply a method called fracture reduction. Through this method, the position of the bone will be returned to the original, then detained using a cast. Before fracture reduction is performed, the patient’s pain will be removed first. Depending on the level of pain, there are patients who are only given the usual pain relieving drugs, and there are also those who have to be totally sedated.
In cases of severe wrist fractures, the only wrist fracture treatment is wrist surgery. Broken wrists are considered severe if:
- Faults on joints.
- Damage to the ligaments around the bone.
- The fracture causes the bone to loose from its position or become unstable.
- Broken wrist bones are quite a lot.
- Broken broken bones, usually due to accidents
Broken Wrist Surgery
In this surgical procedure of broken wrist surgery, our wrist specialist will install a tool to stabilise the position of the bone so that it remains in the right position when the patient is healed later. The tools used can be in the form of wire or metal rods specifically designed for fractures.
Coming home from the hospital, usually the doctor will advise the patient to carry out advanced treatment at home, such as:
- Position your hands higher than the chest with a cushion to relieve pain or swelling.
- Compress the injured area with ice every 2-3 hours for 3 days (make sure the ice does not wet the cast or elastic fabric covered).
- Taking pain relievers regularly.
- Move the hand slowly to relax it.
Home care is also often recommended in cases of broken wrists that are still relatively mild. Make sure you consult with a doctor to get advice about the right treatment method.
Healing Period The duration of healing broken wrists in each patient varies. This is determined by the age factor, the severity of the fracture, and the level of damage to the surrounding tissue. In adults, the average time needed to recover is about one and a half to two months after treatment.
Whereas in children, the recovery period can take place faster than adults. During the healing of a broken wrist, usually the doctor will advise the patient to:
- Keep taking prescription pain relievers to reduce pain during healing.
- Keep using the cast and splint until the bone is completely healed. The doctor will also teach the patient how to take care of the cast at home.
- Keep the cast dry and not exposed to water.
- Delay activities. This is to prevent more severe damage to the bone that has not fully recovered. Especially for paediatric patients, keep them from doing activities or games that can injure their arms again.
- Keep checking regularly or according to the schedule so that the doctor can find out about your condition, and make sure the position of the bone remains in place. Arm wrists that still feel stiff or weak after the doctor says heal are common.
- If you feel disturbed by this and want to recover quickly, then do physiotherapy for broken wrist with the orthopaedic physiotherapist.
For paediatric patients, physiotherapy is usually rarely needed. Make sure you always monitor the condition of the wrist that is still in the process of healing. If you find anything suspicious or unusual (such as skin discoloration, severe pain, cracks in a cast, signs of infection, or others) see your doctor immediately.
Complications of Wrist Fracture
Although rare, complications of wrist fracture have the potential to be experienced by the sufferer if not treated properly, such as:
- Stiffness until paralyzed, especially if the injury is quite deep.
- Osteoarthritis, usually occurs when a broken bone reaches the joint.
- Damage to nerves or blood vessels, which results in blood circulation disorders.
- See your doctor immediately if you feel unusual symptoms to reduce the risk of complications
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