About Wrist Fractures

Fractures in the wrist and forearm area are common with falls, as the tendency is to protect oneself in an attempt to break the fall. Common fractures occur in the bones of the forearm near the wrist called the radius and ulna. Two common fractures are called Colles fracture and Smith’s fracture. Colles fractures typically occur from falls onto an outstretched hand and Smith’s fractures occur from falling backward onto an outstretched hand.

Another common fracture of the wrist and hand is a scaphoid fracture, which is a small bone in the hand. The scaphoid bone connects with the radius bone of the forearm. Scaphoid fractures are more difficult to heal due to poor circulation to the bone itself.

Fractures are managed medically and depending on the type of fracture and severity you may be placed into a cast or surgically repaired with pins, plates, or screws.

How physical therapy helps:

During the healing phase typically in a cast or after surgery, the fingers, wrist and elbow become very stiff, range of motion and strength are lost. Physical therapy is very important in the rehabilitative process to help you regain normal range of motion, reduce swelling, resolve pain, and regain function of your hand and wrist.

Physical therapists understand the need to be gentle and the importance of maintaining motion and strength. With physical therapy, you can make a complete recovery safely. Call Bay State Physical Therapy today to learn more how we can help you fully recover after a fracture.