Fractured Wrist

Definition

What is a wrist fracture?

Your wrist is made up of eight bones. They attach to the bones in your forearm and the bones in your hand.

A fracture is a break in a bone.

When you break your wrist, you may have broken the ends of the forearm bones (radius or ulna) or one of the eight wrist bones.

The usual cause of a wrist fracture is a heavy fall onto an outstretched hand.

For more information on a specific fracture:

  • Distal radial fracture
  • Scaphoid fracture

distal radius fracture

 

scaphoid fracture

7 October, 2011