If you have ever suffered a fractured wrist, you know how painful and debilitating it can be. There are many different treatments for this injury, depending on the severity of the fracture. In this blog post, we will discuss the top 10 treatments for a fractured wrist. We will also provide information on how to prevent fractures from occurring in the first place.
A fractured wrist can result in severe pain and loss of functionality in the affected limb. If left untreated, it could lead to a permanent disability or even permanent damage to the bones. Therefore, it is important to seek medical attention as soon as possible for any kind of fracture.
Treatment #1: Immobilization. It is important to keep the affected area immobilized for at least several weeks after a fracture occurs. This will allow the bones to heal in their optimal position and provide support for any displaced or broken pieces of bone.
Treatment #2: Splinting. A splint can be used to help immobilize the wrist and provide support for the healing process. It is usually worn overnight or during other periods of limited movement.
Treatment #3: Casting. A cast can be used to keep your wrist immobilized for a longer period of time, usually 4-8 weeks following the injury.
Treatment #4: Surgery. In severe cases, surgery may be required to repair the fracture and restore normal function.
Treatment #5: Physical therapy. After immobilization or casting, physical therapy can help to strengthen the muscles surrounding your wrist and improve its range of motion.
Treatment #6: Anti-inflammatory medication. Taking anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen can help to reduce pain and swelling associated with a fractured wrist.
Treatment #7: Heat or cold therapy. Applying heat or cold to the affected area can help reduce inflammation and promote the healing of the fracture.
Treatment #8: Wrist braces. A wrist brace can be used to provide extra support and protection for the affected area.
Treatment #9: Aquatic therapy. Exercising in water can help to reduce pain and swelling associated with a fractured wrist without putting too much stress on the bones.
Treatment #10: Bone stimulator. A bone stimulator is a device that uses electrical stimulation to improve bone healing.
In addition to these treatments, there are a few things that can be done to prevent fractures from occurring in the first place. Wearing protective gear while engaging in activities such as sports or manual labor can help to reduce the risk of a fractured wrist. Additionally, taking vitamin D and calcium supplements can help strengthen bones and make them more resistant to fractures. Finally, getting enough rest and exercise can promote overall bone health and reduce the risk of fracture.
The treatments for a fractured wrist outlined above can help to reduce pain, promote healing, and restore normal function in the affected area. However, it is important to speak with your doctor before beginning any kind of treatment, as they will be able to provide the best advice based on your individual situation.
Fractured wrists can be very painful, and if left untreated can lead to permanent disability. If you have suffered a fracture, it is important to seek medical attention as soon as possible and follow the treatments mentioned above in order to reduce pain and restore normal function. Additionally, taking preventative measures such as wearing protective gear or taking vitamins can help reduce your risk of fracturing your wrist in the future. We hope that this blog post has provided you with helpful information and wish you a speedy recovery.
Dr. Chen sees patients at Saint Francis Memorial Hospital Center for Sports Medicine in Walnut Creek, California. He is a board-certified Pediatrician and Sports Medicine Doctor that specializes in the non-operative medical treatment of a wide variety of various musculoskeletal conditions. Dr. Chen graduated from St. George’s University School of Medicine and went on to complete Pediatric residency training at the University of Medicine and Dentistry in New Jersey (Rutgers), then went on to fellowship training in Sports Medicine at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, one of the perennially top ranked children’s hospitals in the nation. There he provided sideline coverage for NCAA Division I athletics at the University of Cincinnati and Miami University (OH). Since graduating, Dr. Chen has continued his love of sports coverage by volunteering for the San Francisco Marathon, the San Francisco Giant Race, and as the team physician for Northgate High School in Walnut Creek. Being a part of The Center for Sports Medicine allows Dr. Chen quick access to a multidisciplinary team of orthopedic surgeons, podiatrists, physiatrists, and physical therapists to return you to your highest functional level quickly and safely. Click here to contact us for your next appointment!