Distal Radial Fracture Surgeons Recommend a Consult with Rot...

Distal Radial Fracture Surgeons Recommend a Consult with Rothman Institute

Pedro K. Beredjiklian, M.D. January 20th, 2016

Distal Radial Fracture Surgeons at Rothman Institute

Wrist fractures are nondiscriminatory, and are considered very common. Individuals that have good bone health may experience a traumatic hit or an unusual fall and it is their wrist that is injured. Alternatively, those will osteoporosis need only a surprising and minor fall to suffer from a wrist break. In fact, the radius breaks more frequently than any other bone in the arm. Getting the help you need is paramount, and distal radial fracture surgeons recommend Rothman Institute for your first evaluation and subsequent care.

Features of the Radius

Within the forearm, there are two bones that support the rotation and pivot movements of the hand. The radius is the bone with a closer proximity to the thumb. The radius is a shorter bone than the ulna, but is wider in thickness at the wrist.

Interestingly, a break in the radius happens at the one inch interior point from the bottom of the bone closest to the wrist. Although there are a multitude of positions that the bone can break, the majority of fractures are characterized by a distinct tilt upward. The medical name for that type of distal radial injury is the Colles fracture. Other break types include: the intra-articular fracture, an extra-articular fracture, an open fracture, and the comminuted fracture. Bones can be displaced or nondisplaced, and a doctor will classify your injury in order to recommend an appropriate treatment plan.

Seeking Treatment

If from the moment of injury deformity is obvious like a break in the skin, the pain is excruciating and numbing, and the fingers are turning an abnormal color, then it is imperative that you visit a doctor as soon as possible. An evaluation may be put off for one day only if there is minimal pain and no deformity in which it would hang limp or have the bone jut outward. If you do wait, place a splint, ice and elevation to the place of injury. No matter what the particulars, you should expect to an evaluation by a doctor to reveal the next steps you need to take to fully heal your distal radial fracture.

During an examination with Rothman Institute, distal radial fracture surgeons will recommend care that aligns the bone and stabilizes the position of the radius and wrist. In many instances this means immobilizing the radius with a cast, splint, or surgical pins, plates or screws. An external fixator is utilized in some instances. Open fractures lend a specific urgency to the situation as tissue exposure may lead to infection. This means that surgery may occur as quickly as one hour to eight hours from the point of injury. A doctor will closely supervise the initial treatment choice and your body’s reaction to the method. It is common to update your doctor within 24 hours to confirm that swelling has gone down, pain has lessened, and finger movement is possible. Sometimes the cast or surgical dressing may be adjusted—either loosened or tightened, depending on your needs. Distal radial fracture surgeons understand the individualized nature of the injury and seek to provide you with every resource available to get the customized treatment your injury demands.

Rothman Institute provides competitive care with cutting edge technology. As specialists, our physicians have the education and experience to provide excellent care to patients of every age and health history.

To reach out to us to discuss your radial distal fracture, call 1-800-321-9999 to schedule a same-day appointment.

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