1 out of 10 broken bones in the US is a wrist fracture. This is usually followed by intense pain, swelling of the affected area, and deformity of the wrist. Seeking treatment early helps to diagnose the severity of the fracture, reduce pain, stiffness and promote quick healing. Physical therapy is an effective treatment for wrist fractures. Contact a physical therapist at Polygon PT to evaluate your wrist and create a custom treatment plan for you.
What is a Wrist Fracture?
A wrist fracture occurs when the bones in your wrist get broken. Your wrist is made up of 8 small bones, which are connected to your forearm bones – the radius and ulna. Any of these bones in your wrist can get broken. However, the most common bone to get fractured is the radius. This fracture is called the distal radius fracture, as the radius bone breaks close to the wrist (distal part). When the wrist gets broken, the broken bone may still remain in position (non-displaced fracture) or out of position (displaced fracture). 1 out of 10 broken bones in the US is a wrist fracture.
Risk Factors for Broken Wrist
Some factors increase the risk for wrist fractures. They include:
Diagnosing Wrist Fractures
At Polygon PT, a physical therapist will examine your wrist, fingers, elbow, and shoulder. If your therapist suspects a wrist fracture, you will be required to undergo an imaging test such as an X-ray with your doctor. Your therapist will also ensure that there are no damaged nerves, joints, or other muscles.
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Physical therapy is an easy and effective way for treating wrist fractures, whether it requires surgery or not. It doesn’t only help to relieve pain and stiffness, it also restores strength and flexibility to your wrist, allowing you to get back to everyday activities in a short time. If you have an wrist fracture or suspect you have one, request an appointment with one of our physical therapists today.