How can broken wrist bones affect me?
Breaking your wrist bones is a very common injury: for people under the age of 65, wrist bones are the most common bones that are broken (after 65, the hip bone is the most common one that is broken). This can be seen in the statistic that around one in every six fractures that are seen in hospital emergency rooms is a fracture in the wrist. Typically, a fracture in the wrist occurs in the radius, which is at the end of the forearm bone ,but other bones can break near or in the wrist, such as the ulna and scaphoid.
If you suspect that you have a broken wrist, then it is likely that you will have swelling, some kind of deformity around the wrist area and wrist pain. An X-ray will be taken if you go to the hospital with wrist pain, and it will be carefully looked at to see if there has been a fracture, what position it is in, and how stable the bone fragments are.
A general anaesthetic may need to be taken to let the doctors realign your injured bones, so make sure that you don’t drink or eat anything before going to the hospital. While you are under anaesthetic, the doctor can reset your fracture using special manoeuvres that realign the broken wrist bones.
A sling can be used before you go to the hospital to stabilise the arm on which the wrist has been injured, and at no point should the arm be straightened. Before going to a hospital to get an injured wrist treated, you should apply an ice pack to the injured wrist; if you don’t have one, then you can use a bag of frozen peas that has been wrapped in a tea towel, and this should help to decrease the swelling and pain.
The majority of the time you have broken wrist bones, they can be treated with the help of a cast, as it is a part of the body that is most conducive to this form of treatment.
Do you want to make a compensation claim?
Broken wrist bones can impair your ability to perform the most simple activities, so if you would like to make a compensation claim then contact Accident Advice Helpline. Accident Advice Helpline can be contacted by calling 0800 689 0500 or texting ‘Claim365’ to 88010.
Date Published: 18th May 2014
Author: David Brown