A wrist fracture is a medical term for a broken wrist. Breaking your wrist can involve any of the eight small bones that make up the wrist, which are connected to the forearm bones called the radius and the ulna. The radius is the most common bone to break in a wrist fracture. This injury typically happens from falling on an outstretched hand, but it can also result from traumatic events such as a car accident. While wrist fractures can vary in severity, here are five signs that you may have broken your wrist rather than simply spraining it:
- Pain and swelling in the wrist
- Inability or difficulty using the hand or wrist
- Deformed-looking wrist
- Pain with finger movement
- Numb or tingling fingers
Even if you can still move your hand and wrist, it can still be broken. Your fracture may be stable (called a non-displaced break), in which the bones do not move out of place, or it may be displaced, which means the bones need to be put back in the right place.
Depending on the severity of your fracture, it can be treated with a splint, cast, or surgery. Visit a hand surgeon as soon as possible if you may have broken your wrist. This will prevent you from having permanent damage. Visit www.HandCare.org to learn more or to find a hand surgeon near you.