Treatment for a Wrist Fracture in Mount Pleasant, SC

hand-wrist-bone-anatomy_shutterstock_789582547.tmb-mediumThere are several different terms that may be used to describe a fractured bone, including:

  • Broken
  • Buckled
  • Chipped
  • Compound
  • Cracked
  • Hairline
  • Greenstick
  • Shattered
  • Splintered
  • Split
The medical term is called a “fracture” of the bone. Fractures are very common in the hand and wrist, usually due to an acute injury.

Causes of Hand and Wrist Fractures

Most fractures are caused by injuries that involve significant force, such as falls, automobile accidents, sports accidents, or work accidents, but even seemingly minor injuries can sometimes cause a fracture of the small bones of the hand and wrist.

Signs and Symptoms of a Hand or Wrist Fracture

If you suffer a hand or wrist fracture in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, your symptoms may vary. Symptoms of a fracture of the hand or wrist can include:

  • Pain, swelling, or stiffness
  • Bruising
  • Clicking or popping
  • Deformity of the injured area

Is there a Test for Hand and Wrist Fractures?

Your symptoms and medical history, as well as an examination of your hand and wrist, can help to diagnose your injury, but an X-ray is usually needed to confirm the diagnosis. Sometimes MRI or a CT scan is helpful if the fracture cannot be seen well on X-ray.

Treatments for Hand and Wrist Fractures

Treatment for fractures varies widely depending on the location and severity of the fracture. Many fractures in the hand and wrist can be treated nonoperatively with casting or splinting, while some fractures require operative treatment to set the bone straight and hold it in position for healing.

See us for Diagnosis and Treatment of Your Hand or Wrist Fracture or Other Issue

Our board-certified orthopedic hand and wrist surgeons Eric Angermeier, MD and Kyle Kokko, MD, PhD, are here to help! When you are experiencing wrist pain and other issues, we can often diagnose the problem in one visit, and get you started with a treatment plan. We offer a wide variety of both nonoperative and operative treatment options.

Call today for a clinic or telehealth appointment! 854-423-4263