Dr. Christopher D. Allmon is a renowned orthopedic physician providing surgical a well as non-surgical treatment for various conditions of the hand and wrist. He specializes in using the most advanced medical facilities to treat wrist fractures.

Wrist Fracture

The wrist is made up of two forearm bones, radius and ulna, and eight small carpal bones. The joint  is responsible for the normal range of motion and functionality of the hands as well as fingers. A break or crack in any of these bones can lead to pain and discomfort. Wrist fractures are quite common in sportspersons and are caused due to unexpected falls on an outstretched hand. It is important to seek timely orthopedic treatment for wrist fracture to avoid the bones from getting misaligned and hamper your ability to perform everyday tasks, such as holding a pen or typing.

Causes of Wrist Fracture

  • Falls: Falling on an outstretched hand is one of the most common causes of a wrist fracture.
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents: High impact motor vehicle crashes can also cause the wrist bones to break into several pieces.
  • Sports Injuries: Sudden falls or on-field injuries in sportspersons involved in basketball, football, tennis, weightlifting, boxing etc.

Symptoms of Wrist Fracture

  • Intense pain and swelling in the wrist
  • Pain increases while gripping or squeezing
  • Bruising and discoloration
  • Tenderness
  • Stiffness and numbness in the hand
  • Limited range of motion
  • Visible deformity in the wrist
  • Inability to move the thumb or hand

Diagnosis of Wrist Fracture

To diagnose wrist fracture, the orthopedic doctor will conduct a thorough physical examination to look for bruising and tenderness. He may also recommend certain imaging tests, such as X-ray or MRI, to evaluate the extent of Wrist Fracture.

Treatment of Wrist Fracture

  • Immobilization: Restricting the movement of the affected wrist is essential for complete healing. The patient may be suggested to wear a wrist splint or cast to provide support for the wrist.
  • Medications: The orthopedic doctor may prescribe non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications to provide relief from pain and inflammation.
  • Physical Therapy: After the splint has been removed, the patient may need to perform certain exercises to reduce stiffness and regain the original functionality of the joint.  
  • Surgery: This is usually required in cases of an open fracture, where the broken bone sticks out of the skin. During the procedure, the wrist surgeon may implant certain fixation devices, such as rods, plates and screws, to keep the bones in proper alignment during the healing process.

Prevention of Wrist Fracture

  • Build Bone Strength: In order to prevent wrist fractures it is important that you keep your bones strong. You can do this by eating a healthy diet rich in vitamin D and calcium, quitting smoking and exercising regularly.
  • Prevent fall: Make sure you wear comfortable shoes, install grab bars in bathroom, walk carefully or avoid slippery surfaces such as snow-covered walkways to prevent unexpected falls.
  • Use Protective Gear: Always wear wrist guards while playing sports like rugby, basketball, skating, football etc.  

For more information on the treatment options for wrist fracture, consult Dr. Allmon. To schedule an appointment with the hand and wrist surgeon in Carrollton, you can call at (972) 492 - 1334.