How to treat a radius fracture faster? Such a question is the one which patients and doctors of Ladisten Clinic face quite often. After all, a fracture of the wrist bone is a common injury. Statistics say that its occurrence reaches 16% among all fractures, and among the injuries of the forearm, it is the leading one (90%).
The first diagnostics take place right on the spot, in the moment when a person is injured. Usually, the injury is hard not to notice. A characteristic crunch and terrible pain arise immediately, and a person understands that he or she has broken his or her arm.
But in order to get an accurate diagnosis, one still needs a doctor’s consultation. After all, wrist injuries are very different, so their treatment also differs from case to case.
Symptoms of distal radius fracture:
In some situations, pain is felt in the hand only during physical exertion and no other signs are shown. This is dangerous because the bones may not grow together properly. Then patients turn to Ladisten with a complaint that after a fracture of the radius, the arm is crooked.
X-ray is the method used to confirm the diagnosis. It also determines the severity of the injury, the presence of displacements, fragments, accurate localization. MRI and CT scans show whether joints and muscles are affected.
Doctors distinguish two main types of radius fracture:
Both types are equally dangerous and have the risk of complications if they are not treated on time and correctly. Even if you do not see a fracture visually and there is just a slight feeling of pain in the hand, you should still consult a doctor after falling on your wrist.
For how long a hand will hurt after a fracture of the radius depends largely on its type. The fractures may be complicated and simple. Pain of a different nature occurs, joints and soft tissues may be affected, or you may not feel the problem at all.
There are 5 main types of radius fracture:
Most fractures of the wrist radius require surgery.
The main cause is a fall on an outstretched arm. This is the innate reflex triggered by human body when one loses his or her balance. While falling, people extend their hand as a support and protection of internal organs, face and head. But the protective mechanism does not always work, the radius does not withstand the force of impact, body weight and breaks.
Injury can happen to anyone at any age.
Risk group includes sportsmen, people over 50 years old, patients with diseases of bones and joints.
Two ways of treatment can be used:
How long it will take for a fracture of the radius without displacement to knit also depends on the patient. After surgery or casting, it is necessary to perform exercise therapy procedures. Simple gymnastics includes a set of exercises for the fingers which are performed while sitting at the table. Also creams, ointments, electrophoresis are used during recovery.
Among the main pathologies after the injury, there are:
In the most advanced situations, one arm becomes shorter than the other.
To avoid complications, you need to consult a doctor on time in order to make a diagnosis and undergo surgery. At Ladisten, both procedures are being carried out for more than 30 years with the help of internally developed modern equipment and highly qualified medical experts.
¹B. V. Veklich. “Treatment of bone defects with controlled transosseous osteosynthesis in the light of understanding fractures and their consequences as an angiotraumatic problem” Orthopedics genius, no. 2, 1999, pp. 98-104.
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