What is it?
A broken wrist or broken hand is a break or crack in one or more of the bones of your wrist or hand. The most common of these injuries occurs in the wrist when people try to catch themselves during a fall and land hard on an outstretched hand.
What are the symptoms?
A broken/fractured hand might cause these signs and symptoms:
- Severe pain that might worsen when gripping or squeezing or moving your hand or wrist.
- Obvious deformity, such as a bent wrist or crooked finger.
- Stiffness or inability to move your fingers or thumb.
- Numbness in your hand or fingers.
What to expect?
You may try the following things while arranging or waiting for medical help:
- If you have a bleeding wound, dress it with a clean pad or dressing.
- Apply an ice pack (such as a bag of frozen peas wrapped in a tea towel) to the hand. Never put ice directly on the skin, but wrap it in a cloth.
If you are diagnosed with a fracture of the hand you can consider discussing the following subjects with your doctor after the initial treatment:
- When can you start exercises to get the strength back in the muscles and ligaments of the hand?
- Do you need to take calcium and vitamin D supplements for bone strength?
- Do you need additional investigations to determine the strength of your bones?