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How are broken wrist or forearm treated?

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When your fracture the bones close to the base of your hand, it's called a broken wrist. If it's farther up the bone toward the elbow, you've got a broken forearm.

If the pieces of your bone are lined up correctly, your doctor will put your wrist or arm in a cast. Or you may need surgery if the fracture shattered your bone, or if the broken pieces don't line up right. Your surgeon attaches metal pins or rods, or a plate and screws, or other devices to the bone to hold it in place.

SOURCES:

International Osteoporosis Foundation: "About Osteoporosis."

News Release, International Osteoporosis Foundation.

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Recommendations for Enhancing the Care of Patients with Fragility Fractures," "Distal Radius Fractures," "Adult Forearm Fractures."

Pesce, V. , 2009. Clinical Cases in Mineral and Bone Metabolism

American Society for Surgery of the Hand: "Wrist Fractures -- Distal Radius Fracture."

Pietri, M. , 2007. Clinical Cases in Mineral and Bone Metabolism

Reviewed by David Zelman on May 22, 2019

SOURCES:

International Osteoporosis Foundation: "About Osteoporosis."

News Release, International Osteoporosis Foundation.

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Recommendations for Enhancing the Care of Patients with Fragility Fractures," "Distal Radius Fractures," "Adult Forearm Fractures."

Pesce, V. , 2009. Clinical Cases in Mineral and Bone Metabolism

American Society for Surgery of the Hand: "Wrist Fractures -- Distal Radius Fracture."

Pietri, M. , 2007. Clinical Cases in Mineral and Bone Metabolism

Reviewed by David Zelman on May 22, 2019

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