Broken Wrist and Hand

A broken wrist or broken hand is a break or crack in one of the many bones within your wrist and hand. The most common of these injuries occurs in the wrist — when people try to catch themselves during a fall and end up landing hard on an outstretched hand.

Risk factors for a broken wrist or broken hand range from participation in certain sports — such as American football, soccer, skiing and snowboarding — to having osteoporosis, a condition in which bones become thinner and more fragile.

It's important to treat a broken wrist or broken hand as soon as possible. Otherwise, the bones may not heal in proper alignment, which can affect your ability to perform everyday activities, such as grasping a pen or buttoning a shirt. Early treatment will also help minimize pain and stiffness.

Diagram of the Bones of the Hand and Wrist
Diagram of the Bones of the Hand and Wrist
4 April, 2010