Nearly 20% of the fractures treated in emergency rooms are distal radius fractures, also known as a broken wrist. While common, proper care and healing are essential to restore function. The experienced team at Central Jersey Hand Surgery, with offices in Freehold, Eatontown, and Toms River, New Jersey, specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of distal radius fractures and can provide the expert care you need. Call the office nearest you or click the online booking feature today to schedule an appointment.
Your forearm is made up of two bones, the radius, and the ulna. The radius is the largest of the bones, and the distal portion refers to the bone closest to the wrist. A distal radius fracture refers to a break in the bone closer to the wrist.
Distal radius fractures are very common. Women are especially prone to this type of fracture due to a higher incidence of osteoporosis, a bone condition that causes your bones to be weak and more susceptible to fractures.
An outstretched hand used to break a fall is a very common cause of this type of fracture.
Pain, swelling, and bruising of the affected limb are common signs that you may have a distal radius fracture. Your wrist may also be obviously deformed. If you’re experiencing these symptoms, you should seek immediate medical help. If you are seen in an emergency room, request care from Central Jersey Hand Surgery, the wrist fracture experts.
Diagnostic imaging can confirm a distal radius fracture. The physicians at the emergency room provide a temporary splint to stabilize the fracture, and the team at Central Jersey Hand Surgery can provide the additional care needed to properly set your fracture for healing.
Treatment for your distal radius fracture depends on the severity of the break. The experienced team at Central Jersey Hand Surgery creates individualized plans for each patient to ensure the best possible results.
For a hairline fracture, your doctor may only need to place a splint or cast. For more serious fractures, where the bone is broken in two, they may be able to set the bones without surgery. However, in some cases, surgery is needed to realign the bones for proper healing.
The entire team utilizes the latest tools and techniques for the treatment of distal radius fractures, including the use of a volar plate for fixation of severe fractures. The advanced treatments usually result in a faster recovery. Surgery may take place at a state-of-the-art surgical center located near each office location.
After your fracture heals and the cast removed, your doctor refers you to occupational or physical therapy to restore function and strength in the affected arm.
Distal radius fractures are common and require expert care for proper healing and restoration of normal function. For comprehensive care, contact Central Jersey Hand Surgery by phone or online today to schedule a consultation with the hand specialists.