Wrist Fracture

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wrist fracture
Why Yale?
  • Our doctors have developed specialized expertise by treating a high volume of wrist fracture patients.
  • There are many different ways to treat a broken wrist; our doctors have experience using a wide variety of effective approaches.
  • We participate in clinical research leading to innovations in the treatment of wrist fracture.

If you've broken a bone, the odds are one in 10 that it is in your wrist. But the fact that a broken wrist is a common injury doesn't mean it's one that's easily diagnosed or treated. According to Carrie Swigart, MD, “There are several types of wrist fractures, and they’re definitely not all treated the same way,” she says. An associate professor of Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation, Dr. Swigart conducts research focused on developing innovative new approaches, including implants, to improve treatment of wrist fractures worldwide.

The wrist joint connects the hand to the forearm. A wrist fracture can mean that a person has broken one of the small (carpal) bones in this joint or, more commonly, the distal radius, which is the larger of the two bones that make up the forearm. This bone most often breaks at the lower end, near where it connects to the bones of the hand and thumb.