Wrist Fracture

Monday, February 01, 2016

Wrist fractures are very common; theyre the most frequently broken bone in the arm. In the United States, one out of every 10 broken bones is a broken wrist. Dr. Edward Hill discusses wrist fractures in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

A broken wrist can involve the small bones in the wrist or the ends of the forearm bones. Wrist fractures most commonly occur when people try to catch themselves during a fall and land hard on an outstretched hand.

Broken wrists are also common in people who play contact sports, as well as skiers, inline skaters and bikers. People with osteoporosis or thinning of the bones are at particularly high-risk for wrist fractures. But they can happen to anyone who takes a fall or gets hit.

Treatment may include a splint, cast or surgery, depending on the severity and location of the break. Rehabilitation therapy is usually part of the recovery process.

Some wrist fractures can interrupt blood flow to a wrist bone, causing part of it to die. If this occurs, a piece of bone taken from another location in the body may be inserted to help the fractured bone heal. In some cases, if the bone doesnt heal, several wrist bones may need to be fused together.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.