Wrist Fracture

Wrist Fracture Surgery in Kansas City, MO

A wrist fracture means a person has broken a bone in their wrist. It may be caused by old age, falling onto an outstretched hand, injuries, or accidents.

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Types of Wrist Fractures

The two most common wrist fractures are radius and scaphoid fractures.

The radius is the largest bone in your forearm and is the most common broken bone in the arm. The end of the radius, closest to the wrist, is called the distal end. A fracture on this end is called a distal radius fracture.

The scaphoid is one of the smaller bones in the wrist, and it’s the second-most common wrist fracture. It is probably the worst wrist fracture because it’s hard to identify and treat.

Symptoms of a Wrist Fracture

  • Bruising
  • Swelling
  • Tenderness
  • Wrist deformity
  • Fingertips tingling, and numbness
  • Severe pain that might worsen with hand or wrist movements

Wrist fracture diagnoses may include a physical examination, X-rays, CT scan, and MRI.

Wrist Fracture Treatments

Treatment depends on many factors, including the type of fracture, the patient’s profile, and the presence of other injuries. Treatments may include:

  • Cast or splint
  • Physical therapy
  • Medications
  • Surgery

Wrist fracture healing time is usually around 6 to 8 weeks. But it can take longer if the damage is severe.

At Orthopedic Health of Kansas City, our team of specialty-trained hand surgeons is ready to help you get back to doing the things you love.

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Orthopedic Wrist Doctors


If you have any of the symptoms mentioned above, please contact Orthopedic Health of Kansas City and make an appointment with one of our Kansas City hand and wrist specialists. They will perform a complete examination, diagnosing and ultimately treating any problem. From simple physical therapy to complicated surgery, you’re in good hands with Orthopedic Health of Kansas City and we will do what it takes to get you active again.