The symptoms of a Distal Radius Fracture or break of another bone in the wrist may be:
● Immediate, significant pain
● Possible visible physical deformity of the wrist
● Loss of range of motion when attempting to move the wrist
● A sensation of “pins and needles” in the fingers is nerves were damagedIf You Are Experiencing Symptoms, Schedule an Appointment Dr. Burke Orthopedics Immediately.
A break in the bone can only be accurately diagnosed through an X-ray. An MRI of the wrist may also be ordered in order to determine any involvement of surrounding soft tissue structures. The treatment strategy will be determined on the type and extent of fracture, so an immediate, accurate diagnosis is essential. Intervention methods are:
● Immobilization of the area as soon as possible after the injury has occurred. If the bone was displaced, it will need to be reset before immobilization. Resetting of bone may or may not require surgery.
● If surgery is required, it is possible that pins, screws, rods, or plates will need to be implanted into the wrist joint in order to hold the bones in place
● After enough time has passed and your surgeon is convinced that enough healing has taken place, a course of physical or occupational therapy will be ordered in order to restore strength, range of motion, and function