The wrist is made up of multiple small bones that allow a wide range of motion. A wrist facture can occur when an external force is applied such as falling down on an outstretch hand, fall from a height, or when involved in a car accident.
Salem plastic surgeons Dr. Keith C. Neaman and Dr. Dustin Christiansen have extensive training and experience in the treatment of wrist fractures. To schedule your personal consultation, please call Neaman Plastic Surgery at 844-338-5445. There are numerous non-surgical and surgical options to treat wrist fractures helping to restore motion and strength.
The most commonly fractured bone is the radius. This may result in swelling, pain and decreased range of motion. When larger bones are injured the wrist may appear deformed. Sometimes smaller bones of the wrist such as the Scaphoid may be fractured. The external changes such as swelling are generally less. However, it may result in pain with motion of the wrist.
Diagnosis is usually confirmed with an x-ray. Treatment depends on which bone is fractured and the whether the bones are out of place or not. Various other things are considered including age, overall health, hand dominance, and occupation. Occasionally splints or casts are used to treat non-displaced fractures. Other times, the fracture must be stabilized with the use of screw, plates or pins.
During your recover motion of the fingers are important to prevent stiffness. Recovery times and outcomes vary depending on the severity of the injury and numerous other fractures. Persistent stiffness may require a visit with a hand therapist to work on flexibility, strength and function.
To learn more about non-operative and surgical treatments for wrist fractures, please contact Neaman Plastic Surgery for your personal consultation. We welcome hand surgery patients from the greater Portland, Salem, and Eugene, Oregon, areas.