Suffering from any type of broken bone can be difficult as most require an extended amount of time to heal. A broken wrist can be particularly challenging especially if your dominant hand has been injured. The human wrist is composed of eight carpal bones as well as ligaments that aid in the movement of the human hand. We use our wrists every day for a variety of tasks therefore an injured wrist can greatly impact an individuals everyday life.
According to Statistics Canada more than 4.27 million Canadians suffered a severe injury between 2009 and 2010 with falls being the leading cause of injuries. Furthermore, more than 1,000 persons were injured due to motor vehicle traffic some of whom may have suffered from serious wrist injuries.
A fractured wrist mainly occurs in one of the eight bones in the wrist however a person may also suffer this type of injury when the other two arms bones, the ulna and radius, are damaged. A broken wrist can be caused by a variety of traumatic events including intentional violence.
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Causes of a Broken Wrist
Most anyone is at risk of injury their wrist, however children and older adults are more likely to fracture their wrist due to the softness of their bones. According to the Mayo Clinic wrist fractures are the most common type of fractures.
Some common causes of a broken wrist include:
- Car Accidents
- Cycling/Pedestrian Collisions
- Defective Products
- Sports Injuries
- Workplace Incident
Within sports a person may break their wrist due to physical contact or when outstretching their hand to avoid a fall. Within a broken wrist could be the result of the hand hitting the steering wheel, dashboard, or the seat in front of the victim.
Symptoms of a Broken Wrist
Although pain is a common symptoms experienced by broken wrist victims, it could be mistaken simply for wrist pain or even carpal tunnel which is a wrist condition that can very uncomfortable.
Some further signs of a broken wrist include:
- Deformity, bent wrist
- Inability to move thumb or other fingers
It is important that anyone who has suffered from a traumatic hand injury seek medical care as delaying medical treatment could decrease range of motion and grip strength. Fractures that extend into the joint could also lead to arthritis later in life.
Broken Wrist Treatment
A broken wrist may be aligned or displaced, if it is aligned the two ends of the bone meet and can be set in place in order to heal. If the fracture is displaced surgery the doctor will need to manipulate the bones in order to get them realigned.
Further treatment may include immobilization with the aid of a cast or splint, prescription medication for the pain, and physical therapy to strengthen wrist movement and reduce stiffness.
Surgery is a last resort if there are multiple fractures or loos bone fragments that could cause a person to suffer further damage.
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Recovering from a broken wrist can take months if the victim has suffered a serious fracture. However, even becoming immobilized for a few weeks can lead an individual to suffer from pain, lost wages, and more. The personal injury lawyers at Greg Monforton & Partners can help you recover the compensation you deserve for your injuries.
For more than 30 years we have been representing accident injury victims throughout the Windsor, Ontario area and can help guide you through the entire litigation process. Our office is located in Windsor and we proudly represent clients throughout the surrounding areas, including:
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