Wrist Fracture Treatment

What is wrist fracture treatment?

Wrist fracture treatment involves both the non-surgical and surgical care of broken bones in the wrist.

Fractures in the wrist commonly occur on the distal radius, the larger of the 2 bones that make up the forearm. Breaks usually occur at the end of the radius bone, near the wrist. Fractures can also occur on the small (carpal) bones in the wrist joint.

You are more likely to sustain a wrist fracture if you:

  • Are older, with lower bone density and weaker bones. Most patients with distal radius fractures are in their 50s and 60s.
  • Are active or engage in sports activities, like in-line skating or playing contact sports.
  • Had an accident or fall, and landed on an outstretched or flexed hand.

Types of wrist fractures

Wrist fractures can be categorised as follows:

  • Displaced, where the broken bone needs to be put back into the right place.
  • Non-displaced, where the broken bone does not move out of place.
  • Stable, where the bone pieces do not move or shift when put back into the right position.
  • Unstable, where the bone pieces move or shift even if put back into the right position.

Why do you need wrist fracture treatment?

You need to see a doctor immediately if you think your wrist might be broken. A delay in diagnosis and treatment can lead to:

  • Poor healing
  • Reduced range of motion
  • Reduced grip strength

What are the risks and complications of wrist fracture treatment?

In unstable fractures, the bone pieces may move or shift into a bad position. This may occur even if the bones are put back into position and a cast is placed, resulting in a "crooked" wrist.

Other complications include:

  • Long-term stiffness, aches or disability. Some people may suffer permanent stiffness, pain or aches in the affected area even after the cast is removed. Physical rehabilitation or occupational therapy may help to alleviate these symptoms.
  • Nerve or blood vessel damage. Adjacent nerves and blood vessels may also be injured in the wrist trauma, resulting in numbness or circulation problems.
  • Osteoarthritis. If fractures extend into a joint, it may eventually result in arthritis.

Why choose Mount Elizabeth Hospitals?

Mount Elizabeth Hospitals have a reputable 40-year track record in orthopaedic health in Singapore. We provide a wide range of diagnostic and surgical procedures.

Our skilled team of experienced hand surgeons and orthopaedic consultants work together to restore good function and mobility to patients undergoing wrist fracture treatment.

Our well-equipped hospital facilities with dedicated nurses and rehabilitation therapists ensure that recovering patients get the care and focus they deserve.

Our hand surgeons and orthopaedic surgeons

At Mount Elizabeth Hospitals, our hand surgeons and bone surgeons are skilled in treating a wide range of disorders and injuries to the hand and wrist.

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