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Wrist Fractures

Wrist fractures occur where the end of the Radius (larger of the two forearm bones) breaks. It is the most commonly broken bone in the arm, and can result from a fall during cycling, skiing, football, basketball, baseball, etc. Occasionally the Ulna (the smaller of the 2 forearm bones) breaks as well. Patients suffering from a wrist fracture will feel immediate pain, followed by swelling of the wrist. In cases where there are multiple fractures, your wrist may hang at an odd angle. The need for surgery will be dependent on the type of break, the severity of the break, the location of the break, and the number of fractures. Dr. Nadel will discuss your options with you, including whether or not you will need screws, plates or pins in order to allow the bones in your wrist to properly heal, with the least amount of interruption to your daily activities.