A wrist fracture is one of the most common injuries to present in doctors’ offices across the country. This isn’t because the wrists aren’t strong; it’s because the wrists are vulnerable. When you fall or even think you’re going to fall, your natural instinct is to stretch out your arm. Your hand and lower arm may “catch” you, so no larger structures hit the ground or another object with great force, but the brunt of that force is then absorbed into the smaller bones of the hand and wrist. Ouch. That’s what we say about that!
How to Know if You Have a Broken Wrist
There are certain signs that indicate the fracture of one or more bones in the wrist, including:
- Bruising and swelling
- Tenderness to the touch
- Obvious deformity or bend in the wrist
- Difficulty bending the wrist without pain
Any of these symptoms warrant a full medical evaluation.
What to Expect When You See the Doctor
Wrist fractures can usually be treated by setting the broken bones in proper alignment and immobilizing them for a period. To develop the appropriate treatment plan, your doctor will first perform a physical examination of the wrist, hand, and arm. An x-ray may also be taken to observe the bones and locate the exact position of the breaks. Using this information, we can get gently right the position of the bones and apply the cast.
What to do After Getting Your Cast
Usually, a broken wrist is treated within a day or two of the fracture. The first few days of being in a cast, slight discomfort may occur. This is more like an ache or mild soreness than intense pain. Rest is important to both pain management and bone regeneration, so we recommend that sufficient downtime is allowed during the first week or so of treatment.
Obtain the evaluation you need to diagnose or rule out a wrist fracture. Call us at (973) 942-1315 to schedule your visit to an office near you. We are proud to serve patients from areas in and around Wayne, Parsippany, and Clifton, NJ.