Broken Wrist

By Medically reviewed by hellodoktor

Know the basics

What is broken wrist?

Broken wrist happens when you have a strong fall that attack to your bones within wrist, hand and it make the bones could be broken or cracked. The bone breaks on the lower end, close to the connection of bones of hand on the thumb side of wrist.

How common is broken wrist?

Broken wrist is very common and it is the most frequently broken bone in the arm. It could happen to patients at any age. It can be managed by reducing your risk factors. Please discuss with your doctor for further information.

Know the symptoms

What are the symptoms of broken wrist?

The common symptoms of broken wrist include:

  • Severe pain;
  • Swelling;
  • Tenderness;
  • Bruising;
  • Obvious deformity in injured area;
  • Inability to move your wrist;

There may be some symptoms not listed above. If you have any concerns about a symptom, please consult your doctor.

When should I see my doctor?

If you think that you may have a broken wrist or hand, or you feel numb, swelling or hard when moving your fingers, please going to doctor immediately. Because a lately diagnosis or treatment can lead to poor healing, decreased range of motion and grip strength. Everyone’s body acts differently. It is always best to discuss with your doctor what is best for your situation.

Know the causes

What causes broken wrist?

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

  • Falls is one of the most common of break hands or break wrists.
  • Injuries while joining sport activities.
  • Motor vehicle crashes.

Know the risk factors

What increases my risk for broken wrist?

There are many risk factors for broken wrist, especially if you are an athlete who participate in: basketball, football, skiing, hockey, .v.v.

Besides, you may be more susceptible to broken bones if:

  • You have bone diseases or bone disorders;
  • You are a heavy smoker;
  • You have a diet that cannot provide enough calcium and vitamin D;

Understand the diagnosis & treatment

The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. ALWAYS consult with your doctor for more information.

How is broken wrist diagnosed?

After the doctor ask you about your feeling and symptoms, as well as how injury happened, a further test can be recommended to evaluate your broken bones:

  • X-ray;
  • CT (computerized tomography) scans;
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI);

How is broken wrist treated?

In cases that your broken wrists are not severe, doctor will do the following steps:

Fracture reduction: if the broken ends of bone are not aligned properly, your doctor will need to manipulate the pieces back into their proper positions.

Immobilization: your wrist is immobilized with a splint or cast, to prevent further injury until it is healed.

Medications: you will be prescribed some medications that help manage your pain.

Therapy: after your cast or splint is removed, you have to do rehabilitation exercises or physical therapy to reduce stiffness and restore movement in your wrist and hand.

If your condition is very serious, you may need surgery to implant internal fixation devices, such as plates, rods or screws, or bone grafts to maintain proper position of your bones during healing. These internal fixation devices may be necessary if you have the following injuries:

  • Multiple fractures;
  • Loose bone fragments that could enter a joint;
  • Damage to the surrounding ligaments;
  • Fractures that extend into a joint;
  • A fracture that is the result of a crushing accident;

Lifestyle changes & Home remedies

What are some lifestyle changes or home remedies that can help me manage broken wrist?

The following lifestyles and home remedies might help you manage the risk of broken wrist:

  • Eating a healthy diet with enough calcium and vitamin D;
  • Quit smoking;
  • Wear proper shoes;
  • Get your house checked to make sure there is no slippery places;
  • Use protective gear for athletic activities;

If you have any questions, please consult with your doctor to better understand the best solution for you.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

Review Date: August 18, 2016 | Last Modified: September 12, 2019

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