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Wrist Fractures

Dr. Steven Rueda is one of the most sought after doctors for wrist fractures in Palm Beach. Wrist fractures are injuries that result after breaking of one of the bones in the wrist. These injuries typically occur after trauma and can be very distressful to patients. The fractures are most common in young active patients and older age groups with osteoporosis.

Wrist Fractures Symptoms and Diagnosis

The symptoms arising from wrist fractures are caused by motion at the site of the fracture from raw bone ends. Any activity that causes these bones to move leads to increased pain. There is also inflammation and bruising of the soft tissue in the wrist that contributes to pain. Some of the most common symptoms include:

 

  • Pain in the wrist with bending
  • Pain in the wrist with twisting
  • Swollen and puffy wrist
  • Cracking and popping when moving the wrist
  • Decreased range of motion of the wrist

In some cases patients present with all of the symptoms, and in some cases only with some of them. Other conditions like a wrist fracture can cause similar findings.

The diagnosis of wrist sprain is usually performed by clinical examination, history, and xray imaging. Dr. Rueda uses xrays to rule out any underlying fractures. In some cases, advanced imaging like MRI may be necessary if the suspicion for a more complex tear exists.

WHAT CAUSES Wrist Fractures?

The wrist has a total of 10 bones; two bones at the end of the forearm (radius and ulna), as well as those bones that help the wrist bend up and down called carpal bones. Any one of these bones can be broken in wrist fractures, but the radius is the most common of all. The goal of treatment is to allow the bones to heal to achieve a pain free and mobile wrist.

Wrist Fractures Treatment Options

There are two main ways to treat wrist fractures: casts and surgery. Fractures are classified as “stable” or “unstable”. Stable fractures are those in which the broken bone is in a good position, or at low risk from moving from its good position. Unstable fractures are those in which the broken bone is in a bad position, or at high risk of moving to a bad position. Stable fractures are treated with casting and splinting, while unstable fractures are treated with surgery. In some cases, a fracture that appeared stable and was treated with a cast may start to move from its position. In these cases, surgery may be considered as well.

Wrist Fractures Procedure

Surgery can fix fractures with many different types of methods: plates and screws, wires, and pins. The goal of surgery is to use methods that allow the bones to remain in place and the patient to move their joints the fastest possible.

Incisions for wrist fracture procedures are highly variable; its best to discuss the independent procedure with Dr. Rueda at the time of your visit so you know the location, length, and details of the operation.

RECOVERY AND DOWNTIME

Very dependent on the type of fractures. Most fractures take 4-6 weeks to heal, however, this can vary widely depending on how bad the injury was and patient specific factors.

The downtime is dependent on the type of fracture but also on patient occupation. In some cases patients return to work after 1 week if they can work on a cast. In any case, any activity that may cause further injury to the extremity is avoided until the fracture is fully healed.

Why Choose Precision Hand Center for your Wrist Fractures Procedure?

Dr. Rueda, a Hand Fellowship trained surgeon who has 7 years and 2,000 procedures of experience will be your safe and best choice for wrist fracture treatment. Successful results in these procedures require a surgeon that is experienced and knowledgeable in hand surgery and hand anatomy. Dr. Rueda has published articles in expert peer reviewed journals and his work has been presented in several national conferences. Dr. Rueda’s passion for patient education and custom centered approach will guarantee you feel comfortable every step of the way. Dr. Rueda also believes in treating his patients as if he was treating his own family; you can trust you will enter a trusting and long-term relationship and have some of the best wrist fracture treatment Palm Beach can offer.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ)

No! It is important to see the Hand Surgeon within the first week of the fracture. When fractures are older than 2 weeks the bones may have started to heal in the wrong position making the surgery longer, more difficulty, and with a lower success rate. The bone may need to be re-broken at the time of a delayed surgery.

Casting is only advised for patients who have stable fractures or those unable to have surgery for health reasons. Inappropriate use of a cast may lead to bones that heal in bad position and limited function of the wrist.