Wrist Fracture – Plano, Frisco TX
If you are suffering from wrist injury or trauma, Dr. Victoria D Knoll can provide you with the treatment. Dr. Knoll is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in treating a range of hand and wrist conditions in Plano and Frisco TX.

Wrist Fracture

A wrist fracture refers to a break or crack in the bones within your wrist. According to the wrist doctors, participation in certain sports such as rugby, soccer, skiing, snowboarding, wrestling etc increases the risk of wrist fractures. Further, medical conditions like Osteoporosis and Calcium deficiency make bones thinner and fragile, and increase your chances of wrist fractures.

Causes of Wrist Fracture

  • Serious Falls: Falling forward with your hand stretched out can cause sprains and fracture in the wrist.
  • Sports-Related Injuries: Wrist fractures often occur in athletes who play contact sports. Since these sports involve high risk of falling with your hand stretched out, the chances of breaking the wrist also increase.
  • Vehicle Crashes: Vehicle accidents, particularly those occurring at high speeds can cause fractures to the wrist and surrounding areas. However, these types of injuries often require prompt surgical treatment.
  • Repetitive Stress: Activities involving repetitive wrist motion like painting, sewing, bowing, driving for long, etc can also cause wrist fractures.

Symptoms of Wrist Fracture

  • Decreased mobility of the hand and wrist
  • Severe pain in/around the wrist
  • Swelling, tenderness and bruising in the injured area
  • Numbness in the hand
  • Deformity in wrist, fingers
  • Stiffness or inability to move your fingers or thumb
  • Reduced gripping

Diagnosis of Wrist Fracture

  • The wrist doctor will use an X-ray to diagnose the fracture. It can provide a comprehensive image of the bone and determine the exact location of the fracture.
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and CT or CAT scan may also be performed for further examination. They provide more-detailed views of the bones in your wrist.

Treatment for Wrist Fracture

Treatment may vary, depending on the type, location and severity of the wrist fracture. Common treatment options include:

  • Medication: Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs may be prescribed by the wrist doctor to reduce the pain.
  • Immobilization: Wrist splints and casts can help hold the bone fragments together while they heal. They also provide protection and rest to the injured area.
  • Physical therapy: Once the splint is removed, certain rehabilitation exercises or physical therapy may help restore movement in your wrist and hand.
  • Surgery: In severe cases, surgery may be needed to connect the fragments of bone together with metal plates and screws.

Wrist Fracture Prevention

  • Build bone strength: To maintain bone strength, consume a healthy diet and exercise regularly.
  • Prevent falls: Avoid slippery surfaces, wear proper footwear and remove home hazards.
  • Use protective gear for athletic activities: Wear wrist guards while participating in high risk activities.

To know more about wrist injuries or to request an appointment with the hand & wrist surgeon – Dr Knoll, call at (972) 985 - 1072 (Plano) and (214) 618 - 5502 (Frisco)