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What is a fractured wrist?

The wrist is made up of 8 small bones that connect with 2 long bones of the forearm to form your joint. A break in any of these bones results in a fractured wrist. A fracture can be painful, depending on its extent and the cause of the injury.

What are its main signs and symptoms?

  • The signs of a fractured wrist are similar to the conventional signs of a fracture.
  • You will have pain, which worsens if you try to move the wrist even slightly.
  • The pain may also be accompanied by a swelling of the area and bruising.
  • If the fracture causes exposure of the underlying tissues, there is a possibility of an infection.
  • The wrist or even the thumb appears deformed in some cases when a bone breaks.
  • In addition to pain, a person will develop an uncomfortable tingling sensation or numbness in the hand.
  • If the bone moves out of its place, it is called a displaced fracture.

What are the main causes?

  • A wrist fracture is often the result of a fall. When a person falls in a manner where there is trauma is to the wrist or the body’s weight is exerted onto it, the bones are likely to fracture.
  • Being hit on the wrist with a heavy object or having something heavy fall on the wrist can also cause a fracture.
  • Certain movements in sports can also cause wrist bones to break.

How is it diagnosed and treated?

  • A physical examination will reveal swelling and bruising. The doctor will obtain an x-ray of the wrist.

If it is suspected that the bone has fractured into several fragments, a CT scan or MRI is required. The treatment for fracture depends on the bones involved, the severity and whether it is a displaced or a non-displaced fracture.

  • The physician will give some painkillers to reduce the pain and antibiotics if there is an infection.
  • A splint or a cast holds the bones in place and stabilises them. This is effective for non-displaced fractures.
  • Sometimes, plates and screws are needed to fix bones in the original place. This is a surgical method to treat displaced fractures.
  • Wrist exercises and physiotherapy, as advised by the doctor, can also help.
  • Most fractures heal without major complications in about 8 weeks. However, complete recovery can take up to a few months.
  1. Medicines for Fractured Wrist

Medicines for Fractured Wrist

Medicines listed below are available for Fractured Wrist. Please note that you should not take any medicines without doctor consultation. Taking any medicine without doctor's consultation can cause serious problems.

Medicine NamePack SizePrice (Rs.)
BrufenBrufen 200 Tablet4
CombiflamCOMBIFLAM 60ML SYRUP24
Ibugesic PlusIbugesic Plus Oral Suspension Strawberry27
BrugelBrugel 5% W/W Gel114
TizapamTizapam 400 Mg/2 Mg Tablet42
FbnFbn 0.03% Eye Drop50
FlurbinFlurbin 0.03% W/V Eye Drop51
Espra XnESPRA XN 500MG TABLET 10S104
LumbrilLumbril Tablet16
OcuflurOcuflur Eye Drop44
TizafenTizafen 400 Mg/2 Mg Capsule53
EndacheEndache Gel47
FenlongFenlong 400 Mg Capsule21
Ibuf PIbuf P Tablet11
IbugesicIbugesic 100 Mg Suspension16
IbuvonIbuvon 100 Mg Suspension8
Ibuvon (Wockhardt)Ibuvon Syrup9
IcparilIcparil 400 Mg Tablet23
MaxofenMaxofen Tablet5
TricoffTricoff Syrup48
AcefenAcefen 100 Mg/125 Mg Tablet23
Adol TabletAdol 200 Mg Tablet33
BruriffBruriff 400 Mg Tablet4

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References

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  5. MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia: US National Library of Medicine; Colles wrist fracture - aftercare
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