About Broken/Fractured Wrist Injuries
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Wrist fractures are the number one fracture injury suffered by people under the age of 65. Wrist fractures can be caused by car accidents, truck accidents, slip and fall accidents, motorcycle accidents or any other accident that is capable of generating a high impact collision.
Vehicle operators are especially prone to wrist fractures. A driver that sees an impending accident in the rear-view mirror will instinctively grip the steering as tight as possible in an attempt to brace for the impact. The force of the accident puts the wrists under a tremendous amount of pressure. In this situation something has to give. Most of the time the wrists that aren’t able to hold-up under the pressure and break.
Slip and fall injuries are also a common cause of fractured or broken wrists. These slip and fall accidents usually occur because a business owner or land owner failed to maintain their premises in a safe condition. When someone slips or trips their instinct tells them to brace their body for the impact before they hit the ground. Most people instinctively stick out their arm and hand in order to soften the blow with the ground. A tremendous amount of pressure is placed on the wrist in this situation. This attempt to break the fall often ends up breaking the wrist.
The wrist is comprised of the two forearm bones (radius and ulna) and eight carpal bones. Any of these ten bones can fracture. The following bones all converge to form the wrist:
- Radius: This bone starts at the elbow joint and runs down the outside of the arm or the side of arm where the thumb is located.
- Ulna: This bone starts at the elbow joint and runs down the inside of the arm or the side of the arm where the pinky is located.
- Carpal Bones: Eight carpal bones are located between the forearm and fingers.
Fractured Wrist Symptoms
The following is a list of the symptoms that indicate a broken wrist:
- Swelling on or near the area of the wrist
- Pain that results when attempting the squeeze, grip or make a fist
- Bruising and or Discoloration
- Limited range of motion in the wrist, fingers or thumb
- Stiffness or tightness
- Numbness or tingling
Adult Fractured Wrist
Colles fractures (fracture of the radius bone) are common among middle aged adults with osteoporosis. Women with osteoporosis are more likely to fracture their forearms than men. Osteoporosis is a degenerative bone disease that causes the bones to thin. The bones are more likely to break because they are thinner. Falls from a standing position are a common cause of radius fractures in adults over the age of 60.
Children and Wrist Fractures
Children often find themselves falling on the ground because they constantly playing. Unlike adults, child a prone to breaking both the radius and ulan bones in the forearm. Children’s bones are also susceptible to growth plate fractures. Growth plates consist of cartilage at the end of the bones. These growth plates ultimately determine how long a child’s arm will eventually grow. If a fracture occurs at or near the growth plate it may stunt the growth of the child’s bone. Also, child’s broken bones repairs much faster than a fully grown adult bone that has been fractured. It’s important for a child to have a broken bone treated immediately following the break. If the bone isn’t set properly then the rapidly repairing bone may grow back deformed.
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