Wrist fractures are common. In adolescents and young adults they tend to occur after quite significant trauma, such as a fall off a bicycle or while snowboarding, onto an outstretched hand. As we get older, wrist fractures can also occur after a simple trip and fall, and may be associated with osteoporosis.
If the bone is fractured, but the main fragments are not displaced, it is often possible to treat the injury with a cast from just below the elbow to the base of the fingers for a period of 4 to 6 weeks. If however there is displacement present, that is likely to affect healing or function of the wrist in the long term, then one of the following treatments may be required:
Mr Gidwani will be able to explain the appropriate treatment options to you, as well as their advantages, disadvantages and potential risks. As with the treatment of any broken bone, the aim is to encourage the bone to heal in a position that enhances recovery, and to enable appropriate therapy so that in time you can regain good function of the hand and wrist.