(Fracture, Wrist; Broken Wrist; Scaphoid Fracture; Navicular Fracture)
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- Falling on an outstretched arm
- Direct blow to the wrist
- Severe twist of the wrist
- Swelling and tenderness around the wrist
- Bruising around the wrist
- Limited range of wrist or thumb motion
- Visible deformity in the wrist
- Putting the pieces of the bone back together. This may require anesthesia and/or surgery.
- Keeping the pieces of the bone together while the bone heals.
- A cast —may be used with or without surgery
- A metal plate with screws, which requires surgery
- Screws alone, which requires surgery
- Metal pins that cross the bone with a metal splint on the outside of the wrist that holds the pins and the fractured bone in place—requires surgery
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons http://orthoinfo.aaos.org
The American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine http://www.sportsmed.org
Canadian Orthopaedic Association http://www.coa-aco.org
Canadian Orthopaedic Foundation http://www.canorth.org
Distal radius fracture. American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons website. Available at: http://orthoinfo.aaos.org/topic.cfm?topic=A00412 . Updated August 2007. Accessed March 12, 2013.
Distal radius fracture. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: https://dynamed.ebscohost.com . Updated December 17, 2012. Accessed March 12, 2013.
- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 09/2013 -
- Update Date: 09/30/2013 -