The most commonly fractured (broken) bone of the wrist is the radius. This is the bone in the forearm that meets the wrist on the same side as the thumb. The other forearm bone is the ulna, which can also be broken.
Diagnosis of wrist fractures
An X-Ray will be needed and depending on the fracture pattern a CT scan might also be required.
Treatment of wrist fractures
Treatment may be non-operative, if the bone ends are in a good position, a plaster cast may be used to hold the broken bones in that position to allow natural healing to take place.
Some fractures however will need an operation to
improve the position so that the wristheals in a way
that allows functional movements.
The type of surgery will differ depending on the
fracture but will probably involve a metal plate
and screws that are left inside.
It is important to keep the fingers free and mobile
after these operations so that they stay flexible and
don’t get stiff. Physiotherapists can help with exercises
after these operations.
Surrey Orthopaedic Clinic
Hand & Wrist Fracture Specialists: