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The Importance of Finding the Right Doctor for Your Wrist Fracture in Metro Detroit

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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.

Look no further than Dr. Arora at Arora Hand Surgery, with offices in Howell, Warren, Macomb, and West Bloomfield. Contact us today to schedule a consultation to have your wrist evaluated.

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How Can I Treat My Fractured Wrist?

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A fractured wrist is not as simple as most people believe. A wrist fracture can be displaced or non-displaced. When you have a fractured wrist, you usually feel immediate and severe pain. You may also experience some numbness in your hand, your hands and fingers may change color and you might see the wrist bone protrude out of the skin.

Wrist fractures are relatively common. It is estimated that a quarter of a million people experience a fractured wrist every single year in the United States. One of the reasons why this injury is so common is because of the wide range of ways humans use their wrists. Injuries can come from car accidents, playing sports or work.

Depending on the location and severity of the injury, the treatment options vary significantly from case to case. Some simpler wrist fractures can be treated by just setting the wrist and casting it. Then you wait for the bone to heal in its proper position. However, other fractures may require you to get an operation, and you may need to endure a post-operative recovery. It all depends on the unique situation.

With most wrist fractures, you do not need surgery. All you need is to have a cast put on your wrist, and you need to have a little bit of downtime at home. The cast is used to keep your wrist immobilized while it heals. Other cases may require an operation.

You should expect to have some wrist stiffness, especially if your fractured wrist required you to have surgery. The stiffness will gradually improve. Our doctor may prescribe hand therapy as a way of helping you keep your strength.

As you can see, there is no one-size-fits-all treatment for a fractured wrist. The treatment will depend on the extent of the injury, as well as your age, your occupation, your hand dominance and your overall health, among other things. During a consultation with Dr. Arora at Arora Hand Surgery, your wrist can be evaluated and a customized treatment plan can be created for you. The main goal is to fix the fractured wrist and then regain strength and function.

For your convenience, Arora Hand Surgery has locations in West Bloomfield, Howell, Warren, and Macomb. Contact us today to schedule a consultation regarding your fractured wrist.

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Dealing With a Wrist Fracture – Arora Hand Surgery

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Did you know that your wrist contains a large number of bones as well as the soft tissue and tendons that make the hand work fully? In fact, there are, “Eight small bones and the two forearm bones,” (, 2015) that form the wrist. Because of this, the wrist can be fractured, and in many different ways. Any wrist fracture will impede movement of the hand simply because it is the wrist that allows the hand to move and swivel freely.

Wrist fractures can be sustained during a fall, an accident of some kind, or during sports. Though there are many bones in the wrist, the most commonly fractured of them are the radius, which is one of the two arm bones leading into the wrist area, and the scaphoid (a small bone that links two rows of smaller bones in the hand).

Regardless of the severity of the break, it will often cause pain and swelling and prevent the individual from using the wrist and hand as normal. That means that it is imperative to seek medical care from a hand professional as soon as any injury occurs. Broken bones may be shattered, blood flow could be impaired, nerves or tendons could be damaged, and there could even be the need for a surgical repair.

Diagnosing and Treating a Wrist Fracture

Usually, your doctor has to order an X-ray to see which bones have been broken and to do a full evaluation of the situation. In the least serious cases, when the bone or bones are not displaced (out of their usual location) and the fracture is stable, you will probably need a splint or cast to keep the bone in alignment and allow it to set and grow.

If the situation is not as simple, there can be the need for surgery in order to use pins or screws to stabilize the bones or reconstruct them. There are also instances of external fixation devices used to force the bones into their proper alignment for full healing.

Regardless of the approach used to set the bones, there is always the need to maintain function and flexibility of the digits and hand. This is usually done with the help of a therapist working in cooperation with the physician. Even when splints, casts, or external frames are removed, the need for therapy continues in order to rebuild strength and ensure that full function remains.

It usually requires a period of several months for a wrist fracture to heal, and for the discomfort, stiffness, or pain to completely fade. There are so many ways that a wrist fracture can occur, and so many secondary injuries possible, that there is no universal answer to, “How is a wrist fracture treated?” However the first step is to head to the hand doctor or surgeon and get a complete diagnosis. Following the treatment and therapy plan is the only way to retain functional use of the wrist and hand, and the outcomes are usually very positive and successful.

Source Wrist Fracture. 2015.

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Dr. Aroras office from my first call to schedule my appointment was friendly. Walking in the first day, I felt like I was in a nice atmosphere. Dr. Arora was EXCELLENT in taking great care of my hand injury. He was gentle and very understanding to the concerns I had about my hand. His expertise was admirable and I would recommend anyone with an injury to their hand to his office to be under his care. Because of him, I have healed faster than expected and will make an 100% recovery! Thank you Dr.

Jackie S.

I first thought I was going to have to have painful injections or surgery, but Dr. Arora suggested physical therapy may do the trick. I was doubtful, but I agreed to do it. Now, my pain is gone, and with the help of an ergonomic keyboard at work to keep my hands in the correct position, I am virtually pain free. The therapy strengthened my wrists and shoulders, and built more flexibility into my wrists.

Jerry T.

My experience with this doctor was positive from the outset. Dr. Arora was kind and spent a great deal of time with me. Staff was friendly. The office was nice and bright.

Ariel G.

Very friendly and helpful Great staff!!! Doctor Arora was very professional and did great work. I was very happy with everything!

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