We understand the incredible complexity of the wrist joint.
At AHHOT we have extensive experience in managing different fractures of the wrist. We understand what is involved in correct diagnosis and management of different wrist bone fractures; the expected healing time frames of different bones and how to treat associated soft tissue injuries. We custom make splints to protect the bones as they heal and provide education about how to keep the surrounding muscles strong while the broken wrist heals safely.
The wrist is made up of eight carpal bones which work with the forearm and finger bones to support and direct hand function and movement. There are over 100 ligaments in the wrist which support the bones, and tendons which contribute to direct movement.
Wrist fractures frequently occur from falling on the hand, or forceful impact such as during a motor vehicle accident or mountain bike fall. Where ever there is suspicion of a broken wrist bone an x-ray is recommended. Different fractures will be managed in different ways. Some bones will heal without an operation, if held still in a supportive custom made splint. Other fractures will require an operation for fixation of the fracture. Depending upon which bone, and whether it has been fixed operatively or not- will determine when it is safe to introduce movement and strengthening exercises. However we do have some tricks to keep the injured wrist strong- even when it is in a plaster or splint, which can minimise stiffness, and increase speed in return to work and sport.