The recovery process for a distal radius fracture is dependent upon whether the fracture was treated surgically or nonsurgically.
Hand and Wrist Injuries
The hand and wrist work together to provide the ability to lift, carry, and manipulate objects. Athletes and non-athletes alike are at risk of sustaining hand and wrist injuries or developing an ongoing condition. Learn about the symptoms, causes, and treatments for common hand and wrist injuries.
Wrist sprains mostly occur from falling on an outstretched hand. Playing certain types of sports, motor vehicle accidents, and repeated trauma to the wrist may cause wrist sprains.
Wrist tendonitis may occur from playing certain types of sports, motor vehicle accidents, and repeated trauma to the wrist may cause wrist sprains. Sometimes, age, diseases, and/or genetics may also cause the development of tendonitis in the wrist.
Scaphoid fractures are the second most common type of wrist fractures.
Know the difference between a jammed finger and a dislocated or broken finger. A jammed finger can be treated at home, but a dislocated or broken finger requires medical attention.
Soft Tissues of the Wrist
Several ligaments and tendons in the wrist help provide strength and flexibility to the forearm and the hand. A network of blood vessels and nerves pass through the wrist for nourishment and sensation of the hand and wrist tissues.
Carpal tunnel release alleviates hand pain and numbness by relieving pressure of the median nerve.
Surgery for Wrist Sprain
Depending on the severity, wrist sprain surgeries may be performed arthroscopically through a small incision, or through open surgical procedures.
Surgery for Wrist Tendonitis
Severe or chronic wrist tendonitis injuries may be treated with open surgical procedures. In less severe cases, minimally invasive techniques may be used.
Surgical options to treat more complex distal radius fractures focus on ensuring the fracture stays in place during the healing process.