Orthopedic Minute - Wrist Fractures



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Time for another Orthopedic Minute presented by Washington University Physicians.

Hi, I'm Dr. Ryan Calfee with Washington University Orthopedics. When I see patients at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and the Orthopedic Center in Chesterfield, patients often complain of wrist fractures. Most commonly, the distal radius is broken when patients slip and fall landing on their outstretched arm or involved in motor vehicle accidents. Fractures often occur through the radius near the wrist in this location.

In these cases, we determine the severity of the injury by x-ray, examining for fracture alignment and physical examination to determine if casting will allow healing or surgery if is going to be necessary to realign the broken bone holding it off into place in screws to restore function as in this case.

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