Radial Fracture and a Fall
A radial fracture occurs in the largest bone of the forearm, the radius. People who slip or fall may suffer a radial fracture. Many older people who have brittle bones will get a radius fracture from a small fall. Sports players often get a distal radius fracture when a ball hits their wrist or they fall hard on their wrist. A person that falls and breaks their elbow also has a radial fracture.
Who is most likely to have a radial fracture?
- People who have brittle bones are more susceptible to a radius fracture. A small fall will often break their wrist.
- This is because the bone density diminishes over time in people who have osteoporosis.
- Healthy people will have broken wrists from trauma and other serious incidents. They are vehicle accidents, bike accidents, motorcycle accidents and other trauma.
What are the signs of a radial fracture?
- When someone has a radius fracture, they will feel pain instantly.
- The swelling and bruising in the wrist area will also obvious.
- Many times the wrist will lie at a deformed position.
- Doctors take x-rays of the wrist to determine the amount of damage done to the bone.
- Many times, the break is close to the end of the radial end.
- There are several types of fractures that can happen.
What is the treatment for a radial fracture?
- People who have a radius fracture that is not deformed, they can use ice packs to reduce the swelling and pain before seeing a doctor.
- They also can apply a splint to their wrist before they travel in a car to their doctor.
- When the fracture is very painful, doctors recommend that people go to the hospital’s emergency department.
- Patients who have a fracture to their wrists will receive a splint or cast after the bone is set back in place. Casts are removed every two weeks to monitor the reduction in swelling. Orthopedic doctors often take x-rays of the wrist to determine how long the cast needs to stay on. Casts are normally off after six weeks.
- People will often be given a painkiller prescription to aid in pain relief.
Can a radial fracture be prevented?
- Everyone can prevent a radius fracture.
- When people ride a bike or motorcycle, they can wear a wrist guard.
- Also, a diet rich in vitamins and nutrients will help keep bones healthy and strong.
- Calcium supplements are available or you can drink the recommended amount of milk daily.
A radial fracture can happen to anyone. Fortunately, prevention and treatment methods are available to all.