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Fractured Wrist Overview

Another name for Fractured Wrist is Wrist Fracture.

What is a wrist fracture?
A person with a wrist fracture has broken one of the bones that make up the wrist joint. The wrist is made of 10 bones: 8 carpal bones and 2 forearm bones. Wrist fractures are one of the most common fractures seen in the emergency room.

What are the symptoms of a wrist fracture?
Common symptoms of a wrist fracture include wrist pain, tenderness, and swelling. The wrist may also be deformed. Additional symptoms may include decreased range of motion of the wrist joint, hand numbness (unilateral), and hand weakness (unilateral).

How does the doctor treat a wrist fracture?
Treatment for a wrist fracture depends on the severity of the injury. Treatment for a wrist fracture may include rest, elevation, cold compresses, and immobilization in a cast or splint. Surgery may be required for some wrist fractures.

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Last Updated: Oct 7, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Fractured Wrist References
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