A broken wrist is common following a fall on an outstretched hand. A Colles fracture is a fracture of the Radius bone of the forearm, just above the wrist (a Scaphoid fracture is the other common type of wrist fracture). Symptoms include a great deal of wrist pain, a "dinner fork" deformity, wrist swelling and an inability to use the wrist and hand. If a wrist fracture is suspected the patient should be taken to an accident and emergency department without delay.
Rehabilitation begins by maintaining the range of movement in the shoulder, fingers and thumb, on the side of the broken wrist while it is in plaster. This prevents secondary stiffness in these areas and helps to resolve swelling in the wrist. Once the plaster is removed exercises using Therapeutic Putty, Hand Therapy Balls and Finger Strengtheners can add strength to the muscles around the wrist and resolve wrist swelling. In the period following the removal of the plaster it may be helpful to wear a Wrist Support when not doing the exercises.
Common Broken Wrist injury signs & symptoms:
|Consult a sports injury expert|
|Apply cold therapy to relieve pain|
|Wear a wrist support for protection|
|Regain dexterity with therapeutic putty|
|Relieve wrist stiffness with hand therapy balls|
|Improve hand & grip strength with resistance exercises|
|Use a bone healing system to speed up broken bone healing|