The wrist is composed of the articulation or joint that occurs between the arm and hand. The arm is composed of two bone, the radius and ulna. Small bones compose the joint, the carpal bones. The radius is on the side of the thumb, the ulna on the opposite side. Fractures of the wrist are the most common fractures that occur in all age groups.
Causes of Wrist Fracture
These fractures generally occur during a fall on an outstretched hand. Direct trauma can also lead to fractures. People with wrist fractures may develop arthritis. Some bones may develop fractures that are difficult to see or do not heal. They can produce chronic wrist pain and loss of function.
Signs and Symptoms of Wrist Fracture
Pain and swelling over the involved bone or over the entire wrist is the hallmark or wrist fracture. In children, fractures may have only minimal swelling and deformity, while in the elderly, wrist fractures are often associated with marked swelling, deformity and pain. Loss of strength and numbness and tingling can occur in the hand.
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