All broken bones are considered fractures. For more information, see Overview of Broken Bones Overview of Broken Bones All broken bones are considered fractures. It doesn't matter whether it's just a little crack or a big break with lots of pieces. Broken bones hurt a lot and cause swelling Your bone may look... read more .
What is a broken wrist?
Your wrist joint is where the 2 long bones in your forearm meet the 8 small bones at the base of your hand. A break in any of these bones can be considered a broken wrist. But doctors usually say "broken wrist" when you've:
Broken one or both of the 2 bones of your forearm
This kind of broken wrist is a very common injury. Breaks in the small wrist bones are less common.
A broken wrist is more common in older people
The bones are usually pushed out of place and need to be set
Usually you'll just need a cast, but sometimes doctors do surgery
See a doctor right away if you think you have a broken wrist.
What causes the wrist to break?
Wrist fractures are usually caused by:
Breaking a fall by landing on your palm or the back of your hand
What are the symptoms of a broken wrist?
You may have the following symptoms:
Your wrist is painful and swollen
It hurts to rotate your wrist
Your wrist may look misshapen
Sometimes, numbness in the tip of your pointer finger or trouble touching your thumb and little finger together
How can doctors tell if my wrist is broken?
How do doctors treat a broken wrist?
Give you pain medicine
Move your bones back into place
Have you wear a cast for several weeks
Sometimes, do surgery to put your broken bones back together and keep them in place
Sometimes, use a metal plate or external fixator (a metal frame outside your body with long screws that connect to your bones) so your bones stay in place while they heal
After the broken bone heals, your wrist will be stiff. You'll need to do exercises to loosen it up and get your strength back.