Wrist Fracture- Carrollton TX
Dr. Charles Neagle specializes in providing surgical as well as non-surgical treatment for hand and wrist injuries. He has years of experience in providing treatment for fractures, trauma, Arthritis and sports related injuries to the hand and wrist.

Wrist Fracture

The wrist consists of eight small bones and two forearm bones, namely Radius and Ulna. These bones are held together by ligaments and allow the joint to bend, straighten, twist or rotate. A break in any of these bones due to extreme force may result in a wrist fracture. The condition can severely affect the patient’s ability to carry out daily activities, such as grasping things, buttoning a shirt etc.

Causes

  • Falls
  • Accidents
  • Sports Injuries
  • Osteoporosis
  • Repetitive activities
  • Paget’s disease

Symptoms

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Restricted Movement
  • Visible Deformity
  • Tenderness
  • Numbness and Stiffness
  • Inability to grab objects

Diagnosis

The orthopedic surgeon may diagnose the condition by physically examining the wrist for visible signs of fracture, inflammation, range of motion, bruising, bleeding etc. The orthopedic surgeon may also recommend certain imaging tests such as X-ray, CT scan or MRI to determine the severity of injury and level of fracture to the bones.

Treatment

  • Medication: The orthopedic doctor may recommend anti-inflammatory medications to reduce swelling and pain.
  • Rest: The patient may be advised rest and immobilization to assist in healing.
  • Cast: The doctor may use a cast or brace to offer support to the joint. It assists in stabilizing the displaced bone and achieve alignment.
  • External Fixation: In this method, an external frame is fitted to the pins that are placed above and below the bone to allow traction until the bone is fully healed.  
  • Surgery: When the fracture is severe and non-surgical treatments do not offer relief, the doctor may recommend surgery. During the procedure pins, screws, plates or rods may be inserted to support the affected portion of the wrist.
  • Bone Graft: In cases when the bone is missing or has been crushed beyond repair, bone graft may be recommended. In this procedure, the bone is taken from other part of the body and is placed to fill the gap in the wrist.

Post surgery the patient may need to undergo rehabilitation for quick healing. The orthopedic surgeon may also prescribe physiotherapy to resume flexibility of the joint.

For treatment of wrist fracture, visit Dr. Neagle. To schedule an appointment with the hand and wrist specialist, call at (972) 492 – 1334.