Distal radius fracture, or a broken wrist, is the most common fracture in the arm. Distal radius fractures usually happen as a result of a fall on an outstretched arm. These fractures are characterized by pain, swelling, bruising, and sometimes deformity of the wrist.
Patients can wait until the next day to visit a doctor if the injury is not very painful and the wrist is not deformed. Prairie Orthopedic recommends that you protect the fracture with a splint, elevate the injury and apply an ice pack if you choose to wait to see the doctor. An x-ray will be used to diagnose the injury.
There are many treatment options for a broken wrist, which depend on age and activity level. There are both nonsurgical and surgical treatment options, but this will depend entirely on the nature of the fracture. A cast may be applied immediately if the bone is already reset. But out of place bones must be put back into place, requiring surgery. Recovery length also depends on the age of the individual and the nature of the fracture.