The wrist contains several tiny bones. If one or more of these bones fractures, treatment must be sought out immediately. Delayed treatment could result in permanent discomfort, stiffness, or deformity, making it difficult for patients to perform routine daily tasks. A wrist fracture can cause immense pain and limited hand movement but treatment can provide relief. Dr. Gregg A. Vagner is a fellowship-trained specialist who can treat a fractured wrist through both nonsurgical and surgical treatments at our Cedar Park, TX, office or other locations throughout Austin.
There are several warning signs that indicate a wrist fracture has occurred. For example, a broken wrist may cause:
A broken wrist can occur due to a number of factors. Some of the most common causes include:
It is important to note that individuals with osteoporosis are much more likely to suffer a wrist fracture. In these cases, prevention is key.
Dr. Vagner is a fellowship-trained specialist who can treat a fractured wrist through both nonsurgical and surgical means.
To confirm a wrist fracture, Dr. Vagner will perform a thorough assessment of the affected hand. This generally includes diagnostic imaging, such as x-rays, CT (computed tomography) scans, or an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging). These images provide unparalleled detail and aid Dr. Vagner in providing an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment.
Based on the gathered information, Dr. Vagner might recommend:
Depending on the severity of the fracture, surgery may be recommended. During this process, the bones may be stabilized with plates, screws, or pins. Additionally, a bone graft may help promote healing. Surgical intervention is usually required if you have:
Bones can shift, even after initial treatment and immobilization. For this reason, Dr. Vagner typically monitors your progress with x-rays during the healing period to reduce the risk of complications.
If you have sustained a wrist fracture, it is important to seek prompt treatment. To learn more, or to schedule an appointment, contact our practice online or call (512) 476-2830.