Treatment depends on many factors, including:
• Type of fracture, whether it is displaced, unstable or open
• Your age, job, hobbies, activity level, and whether it is your “dominant” hand
• Your overall general health
• Presence of other injuries
A padded splint might be worn at first in order to align the bones and support the wrist to provide some relief from the initial pain. If the fracture is not too unstable, a cast may be used to hold a fracture that has been set. Other fractures may benefit from surgery to put the broken bones back together and hold them in correct place.
Fractures may be fixed with many devices. Pins, screws, plates, rods or external fixation can all be used. A small camera might be used to help visualize the joint from the inside. Sometimes the bone is so severely crushed that there is a gap in the bone once it has been realigned. In these cases, a bone graft may be added to help the healing process. Mr Mason will discuss the options that are best for your healing and recovery.