Wrist Fracture

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Physical Therapy center located at 2114 Oak Tree Rd, Edison, NJ 08820

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Wrist Fracture:

A wrist fracture involves a break in one or more of the bones in the wrist, commonly the radius or ulna. Understanding the causes, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment options is crucial for managing this type of injury effectively.


The wrist is a complex joint consisting of the radius and ulna bones in the forearm and various carpal bones in the hand. Fractures can occur in any of these bones, affecting the stability and function of the wrist.


  1. Falls: Landing on an outstretched hand during a fall is a common cause of wrist fractures.
  2. Sports Injuries: High-impact sports or activities may result in wrist injuries.
  3. Car Accidents: Trauma from a car collision can lead to wrist fractures.
  4. Osteoporosis: Weakened bones due to osteoporosis can increase the risk of fractures.


  1. Pain: Immediate and sharp pain at the site of the fracture.
  2. Swelling: Rapid swelling around the wrist joint.
  3. Bruising: Visible bruising or discoloration due to blood vessel damage.
  4. Deformity: An obvious misalignment or abnormal appearance of the wrist.
  5. Limited Range of Motion: Difficulty in moving or using the affected hand.


  1. Clinical Examination: Assessment of symptoms, physical examination, and evaluation of neurovascular status.
  2. X-rays: Imaging studies to confirm the location and type of fracture, as well as assess for any associated injuries.

Treatment Options:

  1. Immobilization:

    a. Casting: For stable fractures, casting may be sufficient to promote healing. b. Splinting: Temporary splinting to provide initial support and immobilization.

  2. Closed Reduction:

    a. Non-surgical realignment performed by a healthcare professional.

  3. Surgical Intervention:

    a. Open Reduction and Internal Fixation (ORIF): Surgical realignment and fixation with screws, plates, or wires. b. External Fixation: Temporary fixation using external devices in complex fractures.

  4. Rehabilitation:

    a. Physical Therapy: Gradual introduction of range of motion and strengthening exercises. b. Functional Rehabilitation: Activities to restore normal use of the hand and wrist.


  1. Protective Gear: Use of appropriate protective gear during sports or activities with a risk of wrist injury.
  2. Safety Measures: Implementing safety measures to reduce the risk of accidents and falls.
  3. Bone Health: Maintaining good bone health through a balanced diet, calcium, and vitamin D supplementation, if necessary.


Wrist fractures require prompt medical attention for accurate diagnosis and appropriate management. Treatment options may vary depending on the type and severity of the fracture. Early intervention, proper immobilization or surgical intervention, and comprehensive rehabilitation are essential for a successful recovery. Seeking immediate medical care is crucial for individuals experiencing wrist pain, swelling, or deformity after a traumatic incident.

Related Conditions:

Scaphoid Fracture

Smith's Fracture

Colles' Fracture

Distal Radius Fracture

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