What is it?
A fracture is a broken bone. It requires medical attention.
A broken wrist or broken hand is a break or crack in one or more of the bones of your wrist or hand. The most common of these injuries occurs in the wrist when people try to catch themselves during a fall and land hard on an outstretched hand.
What are the symptoms?
A broken/fractured hand might cause these signs and symptoms: * Severe pain that might worsen when gripping or squeezing or moving your hand or wrist * Swelling * Tenderness * Bruising * Obvious deformity, such as a bent wrist or crooked finger * Stiffness or inability to move your fingers or thumb * Numbness in your hand or fingers
- Wear sensible shoes as most hand fractures occur after falling over with outstretched hands
- Wear wrist guards for high-risk activities
- Apply an ice pack (such as a bag of frozen peas wrapped in a tea towel) to the ankle if one is easily available
- If your child has injured their arm or wrist, try to get someone else to drive so you can support and comfort them.
- Do Weight-bearing exercises like brisk walking, to make bones strong
- Take calcium and vitamin D supplements for bone strength
- Remove things you can trip over in your home, such as throw rugs
- Avoid slippery surfaces, if possible, such as snow- or ice-covered walkways
- Avoid moving the affected arm as much as possible – it may help to support it in a sling that goes under the arm and around the neck
- Don’t eat or drink anything in case you need surgery to fix the ankle when you get to hospital
- Quit smoking
Things to watch out for
You should immediately go to Accident or Emergency department or call 000 because fracture needs to be treated in the hospital with plaster cast, splint ot other supportive materials. It usually takes about 4-8 weeks to heal