Falls onto an outstretched hand can result in a fracture of the wrist. Usually, the distal radius, or the end of the large forearm bone, is the most common site of the fracture. These injuries occur in all age groups, but tend to be more common in children and in older patients. In children, a cast will usually suffice as the mainstay of treatment – although a closed reduction, or “setting” of the break, may be necessary. In older patients, casts are also common – but surgical treatment may be recommended depending on the pattern and severity of the fracture. Dr. Bushnell has extensive experience with the treatment of wrist fractures, and has published several articles about this topic in the international literature.
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