In the seconds immediately preceding a fall, an individual’s first reaction is to stretch out his or her hands to brace for impact. Oftentimes, this knee-jerk reaction results in a wrist fracture. A wrist fracture occurs when one or more of the bones in the wrist—which include the two long forearm bones (the radius and ulna) and the eight smaller wrist bones (carpal bones)—crack or break. If you are experiencing pain in your wrist, visit your local Premier Bone and Joint Centers location in Riverton, Wyoming. You’ll meet with one of our board-certified physicians who will determine if a wrist fracture is present and provide a tailored treatment plan.
Indicators of a Wrist Fracture
A wrist fracture is likely to result in pain, which may worsen when moving the hand or wrist. Other signs to look for in a broken wrist include tenderness, swelling, and bruising. In some instances, more evident signs—such as an abnormal bend to the wrist—may exist.
Diagnosing & Treating Wrist Fractures
At Premier Bone and Joint Centers, we have an outstanding team of hand and wrist specialists at our satellite clinic in Riverton. We’ll conduct X-ray testing to determine if a fractured wrist is properly positioned, and if not, reset it. If we reach the conclusion that your wrist fracture will not heal correctly with a cast, we may recommend surgery followed by immobilizing the wrist. Depending on your specific situation, our specialists may suggest a splint be worn until swelling subsides and a cast can be applied.
When recovering from a wrist fracture, elevating the injured area and applying ice can help alleviate pain.
Give Us a Call
If you believe you may have a wrist fracture, contact Premier Bone & Joint Centers today to request an appointment with a wrist doctor at our satellite clinic in Riverton, WY.