Orthopedic surgeons are necessary to determine the best treatment for the different types of wrist fractures. Distal radius wrist fractures are most commonly caused by a fall on an outstretched hand. Distal Radius fractures that heal in poor position can lead to pain, arthritis, stiffness.
If you think you have a wrist fracture, a thorough history and examination should be performed by an orthopedic specialist. Our Walk-In Anytime Ortho Orthopedic Urgent Care Clinic is a convenient affordable way to get an accurate diagnosis and treatment without having to go through the hassle and costs of a hospital emergency room.
Distal radius fractures are diagnosed using imaging techniques such as X-rays, CT scan, or MRI. X-rays are important to determine fracture characteristics such as the position of the fracture, whether it is displaced or nondisplaced, whether it is angulated, whether the fracture involves the cartilage.
There are several treatment options for distal radius fractures which will be discussed between the patient and the orthopedic surgeon. The best treatment depends on factors such as fracture type and patient age.
Any cast or splint applied during surgery for repair of a fracture should be kept in place until the first postoperative visit. The length of time that a cast, splint, or brace needs to be used after surgery depends on the type of surgery and the stability of the fracture fragments. X-rays are taken at each office visit to monitor the position of the fracture and hardware and to monitor the healing of the bones. Therapy may be recommended to help to regain range of motion of the wrist and hand.
**Disclaimer: Treatment recommendations may vary depending on your true diagnosis. Always follow the recommendations of your orthopedic provider.