Distal Radius Fracture Symptoms and Treatment for Residents of Houston, TX
A distal radius fracture, also known as a broken wrist, is one of many conditions treated at Hand Surgery Specialists of Texas in Houston. This relatively common type of fracture occurs when the radius, one of the bones in the forearm, breaks at the distal end, near the wrist. Common causes include falling and landing on an outstretched wrist or other impacts that affect the wrist. Athletes who play impact sports, employees with physically demanding jobs, and older individuals who have osteoporosis and are prone to falls are at a higher risk of breaking a wrist.
When a distal radius fracture occurs, the primary symptom is wrist pain. The wrist may also become swollen, feel tender, or show signs of bruising. Additionally, if a bone is displaced as a result of the fracture, the wrist may appear bent or deformed. When these symptoms occur, it is important to consult a physician to get an accurate diagnosis and receive prompt treatment.
At Hand Surgery Specialists of Texas, our team of board-certified and/or fellowship-trained hand specialists are highly experienced in diagnosing and treating broken wrists. Our state-of-the-art facilities in Houston, TX, feature a range of diagnostic equipment, including X-ray imaging. Our hand doctors rely on X-ray images to determine the exact location of the injury as well as the type of fracture so they can recommend an appropriate treatment option, such as:
- Splinting and/or casting – If the bones remain in the right position after the fracture, a splint or cast may be used to immobilize the wrist and allow it to heal properly.
- Minimally-invasive surgery – If the fracture results in a misalignment of the bone that cannot be easily corrected, surgery may be required to realign the bone with the assistance of pins, screws, plating, or other hardware. Surgery is usually performed on an outpatient basis, with wrist movement possible in 1-2 weeks and the fracture fully healing in 6-8 weeks on average. In some cases, physical therapy may be required to regain a full range of motion.
Hand Surgery Specialists of Texas can provide onsite treatment for a distal radius fracture or other hand condition, including surgery when necessary, so that our patients can receive the prompt care and attention they require. We offer same-day appointments and accept most insurance plans, including workers’ compensation.
If you are experiencing wrist pain and believe it may be due to a distal radius fracture, contact Hand Surgery Specialists of Texas today. We can schedule an appointment for you to meet with an experienced hand specialist at one of our conveniently located offices in Houston, TX. Remember that when you choose Hand Surgery Specialists of Texas, hand care is within your reach.