Hand Wrist Wrist Fracture

5 Signs of a Wrist Fracture

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:

  1. Pain and swelling in the wrist
  2. Inability or difficulty using the hand or wrist
  3. Deformed-looking wrist
  4. Pain with finger movement
  5. 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.

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  • William R Benton
    July 14, 2018 at 9:36 AM

    I broke my wrist. distal radius fracture. I can move my fingers. After the break, I had a tiny puncture of my little finger. M finger has not swollen moree but the skin appears bruised but there is no pain. D I need this checked out?

  • Brooke
    July 9, 2018 at 3:46 AM

    my wrist has been hurting on the left of my right wrist for a while now and when I press it kills and I struggle to move my thumb could it be a minor fracture?

  • Rosa Cortez
    April 21, 2018 at 8:37 PM

    I fell and hit my wrist but I can still move my fingers well but my wrist hurts too much, would it just be a sprain only ?

    • Nicholas Ensign
      April 29, 2018 at 2:20 PM

      It could be only a wrist sprain or a tendon injury. However, if it is a fall you should still get an x-ray as soon as possible.

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