Wrist Fracture

wrist-fracture

Overview

Injuries of the wrist often occur as a result of a fall to an outstretched hand. The most common acute injuries are the fracture of the distal radius, ulna or scaphoid bone, or ligament tears. A broken wrist usually causes immediate pain, tenderness, bruising, and swelling.

Treatment

If the fractured bone is in the right position, a cast may be applied until the bone heals. When the broken pieces out of place surgery will be necessary followed by immobilisation.

Physiotherapy focuses on rehabilitation to regain muscle strength, and full range of motion.

  • Therapeutic exercises
  • Joint and soft tissue mobilisation