Have You Injured Your Lower Arm or Wrist in a Fall? You Can Receive Radius Fracture Treatment in Lafayette, LA
A radius fracture is the most common type of broken forearm. Oftentimes, this injury occurs after a fall onto an outstretched hand. In elderly adults, radius fractures can result from even relatively minor falls due to osteoporosis, which causes the bones to become thin and brittle. However, strong and healthy forearm bones can also break if significant force is applied. For instance, this type of trauma can result from a car accident, sports-related collision, or fall off a bicycle.
What are the symptoms of a radius fracture?
Some possible signs of a radius fracture include:
- A “snapping sensation” in the forearm that occurs during a fall or other accident
- Sharp pain in the lower arm or wrist
- Swelling and tenderness that develop immediately and gradually worsen
- An obvious deformity of the forearm or wrist (for instance, when viewed from the side, the wrist may resemble an overturned dinner fork)
- Numbness in the wrist or hand
- A weakened hand grip
- Bruising in the forearm or wrist
If you’ve injured your forearm in a fall or accident, you should seek prompt medical attention. In Lafayette, Louisiana, Peter D. Vizzi, MD, provides a full range of treatments – both nonsurgical and surgical – for radius fractures and other orthopedic injuries. When applicable, as a board-certified orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Vizzi takes a conservative approach to treatment.
How is a radius fracture treated?
After performing a physical examination and reviewing X-ray images to evaluate the nature of the break, Dr. Vizzi can determine if an open (surgical) or closed reduction procedure is needed to realign the broken bone, and how to best maintain the reduction as the injury heals. A surgical reduction may be discussed to address an unstable or significantly fragmented radius fracture.
During the recovery process, a cast or splint may be worn to stabilize the injury and prevent the bones from shifting out of position as they mend. Any discomfort can usually be managed with medications and ice applications. Physical therapy typically begins as soon as possible to restore range of motion in the forearm, wrist, and fingers; reduce swelling; and strengthen the hand grip.
If you would like to have Dr. Vizzi evaluate your radius fracture, contact his office to schedule a consultation in Lafayette, LA, today.