A broken wrist, or a wrist fracture, can happen for a variety of reason. A wrist can break during a sports injury, a vehicle crash or when falling or slipping on an outstretched hand. The wrist is a complex joint made up of bones, ligaments and muscles and a fracture should be looked at by an orthopedic doctor. If untreated with a cast, medication, ice or arthroscopic surgery, a broken wrist could lead to ongoing stiffness, osteoarthritis or circulation problems. Sometimes it can be difficult to know if you have a broken wrist or a wrist sprain. See below for common symptoms of a fractured wrist.
Wrist Fracture Symptoms
- Severe pain and swelling
- Tenderness and bruising
- Bent or deformed wrist
- Wrist, hand or finger stiffness
Treating Wrist Fractures
Different wrist fractures may be treated in different ways such as a split, cast, medication, icing or arthroscopy. Dr. Berschback, a board certified orthopedic surgeon in Eau Claire, will help find the right treatment for your fracture. Treatment methods for helping a broken wrist heal may include a splint or cast to demobilize the injured area and allow the fractured bone(s) to align. Pain medications, icing the injured area and elevating the wrist may also ease pain and swelling during the recovery process. Other methods for treating a broken wrist may include therapy and/or arthroscopic wrist surgery Arthroscopy is a minimally invasive procedure where your surgeon is able to look inside the joint using small instruments and treat the problem area.