Your wrist is one of the most complicated joints in your body. It has eight carpal bones and multiple articulations. All of this is what gives your hands the flexibility and the motion that they have. The eight bones that make up your wrist are unique. They have unique shapes and are aligned in unique ways to provide the maximum dexterity. There are four bones that sit right next to your forearm and four bones that sit closer to your fingers. As a result of playing sports, work injuries, automobile accidents, or any type of trauma, you could fracture one of the bones in your wrist. While all the bones in your wrist are at risk of fracture, there are certain bones that are more likely to be fractured than others. The most common wrist fracture is a distal radius fracture. This is a fracture in the forearm. Three out of four wrist fractures that our doctor is going to see is of this type.
The most common reason why a person in Detroit is going to break their wrist bone is because they fall and put their hand out to protect themselves. Another reason is contact sports, which cause a hand to be bent backward.
Most wrist fractures present symptoms such as swelling and bruising. The affected bone will usually be tender to the touch. With a wrist fracture, the range of motion of your wrist and your hand will be drastically reduced. Depending on which bone is broken, you may experience pain in your palm, in your thumb, or in one of your fingers. With almost all wrist fractures, the pain is more intense when a person tries to do a gripping motion.
The best way to accurately diagnose a wrist fracture is via an X-ray. If the suspected bone is not visible via an X-ray, then a CT scan may be needed. A wrist fracture can be treated surgically or non-surgically, depending on its location and the severity of the fracture. Most standard fractures will require immobilization, splinting, or a cast. Other severe fractures in Detroit may require surgery. It all depends on the unique situation.
When looking for a surgeon to help you deal with your wrist fracture, you want to find one who has experience treating traumatic wrist injuries. You want someone who thoroughly understands the complex makeup of the wrist and is able to provide results that are going to allow you to have the maximum range of motion, the quickest recovery time, and the least amount of pain as you go through recovery.