Are you concerned that you may have a fractured wrist?
If you’re experiencing pain, swelling, or bruising as a result of a fall or other trauma and you’re unable to put weight on your wrist, you may have experienced a fractured or broken wrist. Falling onto an outstretched hand is one of the most common causes of a broken wrist.
Symptoms you may experience with a fractured wrist include severe pain when gripping, squeezing or moving your hand or wrist; swelling, tenderness, bruising, stiffness or numbness; the inability to move your fingers or thumb; and in some cases, an obvious deformity such as a bent wrist.
It is important to treat a broken wrist as soon as possible in order to increase the probability that the bones in your wrist will heal properly. Early treatment will also help minimize pain and stiffness.
If you think you may have broken your wrist, see an orthopedic specialist immediately, especially if you have numbness, swelling, or trouble moving your fingers. A delay in diagnosis or treatment may lead to poor healing, decreased range of motion, and decreased strength in gripping.
Signature Medical Group’s practitioners are board-certified orthopedic surgeons whose expertise, experience, and leadership in their profession translate into exceptional medical care and treatment for you.
Make an appointment with one of our St. Louis or Kansas City orthopedic specialists today if you suspect you or a loved one may have a fractured wrist.