Many people sustain a fractured wrist when they attempt to brace themselves while falling and extend their hand straight out, explains Bucks County personal injury lawyer, Michael L. Saile, Jr. Did you know that wrist fractures are the most common type of fracture in adults under age 65? This type of injury can result in severe, chronic pain and limited motion if not properly treated.
The wrist is made up of two bones in the forearm, the ulna and the radius, as well as eight carpal bones. One of the most common types of wrist fractures is a colles fracture, which is a break in the radius.
Common symptoms of a wrist fracture include:
- Immediate pain
- Reduced mobility
If you experience any of these symptoms following a Philadelphia area accident, which could be a slip and fall or an auto accident, get to your local ER or to your family doctor. To assess the severity of a fracture, your doctors will most likely perform a physical examination as well as an X-ray scan. Broken wrists can be most often treated in a cast, which would typically be worn for two to six weeks, depending on the fracture. If the fracture is very slight, a sturdy brace may be sufficient. Do not decided on your own, however, how to treat your injured wrist. Follow the directions of your doctor.
Wrist Fracture Treatment
Surgery is usually unnecessary, but that mainly depends on the severity and location of the fracture. If there is damage to the cartilage or ligaments, or if the bones are severely displaced, surgery may be necessary to properly position the fragments to heal. In addition, the age of the patient and the overall health of the bone are also important factors. Younger, active patients are usually treated by wearing a cast. Surgery can leave the wrist joint with reduced range of motion and strength, so it is important to seek medical attention right away if you are experiencing any pain in your wrist(s).
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If you suffer a fall or accident of some sort due to the neglect of another, make sure to take photos of the exact spot where your fall and/or accident occured, showing the unsafe condition that caused you to become injured. It is vital in these types of situations to have the ability to prove liability on the part of another. If you or a loved one sustained a wrist fracture after falling down, due to an unsafe environment (such as faulty stairs or a slippery floor in a public place), it is important to discuss all of your options with a lawyer. Contact the experienced Bucks County personal injury lawyers at Cordisco & Saile LLC by calling 215-642-2335.