There are 10 different bones that makeup the wrist area. You would think that if one of these bones were broken or fractured, you would know immediately and without question. That’s not always how it works. The symptoms of a break or fracture may vary depending on the type of injury that has occurred.
There are two common wrist fractures that orthopedic surgeons see regularly. One is an injury to the scaphoid bone. This small bone is situated on the thumb side of the wrist. It may be chipped or otherwise damaged by a fall on an outstretched hand or other direct trauma. Likewise, a fall may injure the distal radius bone, which is the forearm bone. When this bone is injured, it is usually the styloid process, a tiny point at the end of the radius bone that gets chipped.
Because an untreated break or fracture can, at some point, disrupt the function of the wrist and hands, assessment and treatment are crucial.
So how do you know?
How do you know if you need to see your orthopedic doctor in New Jersey? There are obvious signs such as an open-fracture (open wound), and significant swelling and pain. If you have fallen onto your hand or hands and experience tingling or numbness in a finger, your hand, or your wrist, you should be evaluated promptly. This does not necessarily mean that you must visit an emergency room. Other than an open wound or obvious deformity, an injury to the wrist may be examined within a day or two. Understanding the nature of emergencies, we make a concerted effort to see patients the same day whenever possible.
Treatment for a Wrist Injury
Every injury is unique and will be treated appropriately. In some cases, a cast may be sufficient to promote successful healing. Depending on the severity of the break or fracture, surgery may be necessary. We make the determination regarding care based on a thorough physical examination, x-rays, and, in some cases, MRI or CT imaging.
Get the care you need to restore comfort and optimal function after an injury. Call Advanced Orthopedics & Hand Surgery Institute at (973) 942-1315.