A wrist fracture can seriously interfere with your daily life. This injury frequently happens when people try to break a fall using their hands. For proper healing, it is important to consult an orthopedic doctor as soon as possible after the fracture.
Try to keep the fractured wrist still until you can see your doctor. If it is not too painful, you can apply ice to the injury. Your orthopedic doctor may perform X-rays to determine how severe your injury is and which bones in your wrist are fractured. The right treatment for a wrist fracture depends on the nature of the break. In some cases, your doctor may use a cast or splint to keep your wrist immobile so that the bones can heal. In other cases, surgery may be needed to properly set the bones. With surgery, your orthopedic surgeon will use internal or external fixators to stabilize the bones.
Delaying treatment for a wrist fracture could leave you with long-term injuries. See an orthopedic specialist at Able Orthopedic & Sports Medicine to get the treatment you need. To make an appointment at our NYC clinic, please call (347) 537-2404.