At Bluegrass Orthopaedics, we are committed to providing the highest standard of care for patients with hand and wrist conditions. Our goals are to identify and treat these conditions in all age groups and to facilitate a rapid recovery to a normal, productive lifestyle. Every patient is treated with the utmost care and compassion. Our staff is dedicated to making every patient visit convenient and pleasant, while making every possible effort for your full recovery.
A wrist fracture is a bone break that occurs in one of the eight small bones of the wrist or the larger radius bone or ulna bone. Anytime enough force is applied to one of these bones, such as a fall on an outstretched hand, a fracture can occur. Generally, the ulna bone is the most commonly broken bone in the wrist.
Some fractures are worse than others, and there are several types of fractures. A few common examples include:
- Compound | an open fracture where the bone breaks through the skin
- Compression | the bone is crushed; common in patients with osteoporotic bones
- Comminuted | the bone breaks into three or more pieces
- Spiral – occurs with excessive twisting of the bone; common in sports injuries
- Greenstick | the bone does not break completely
If you have suffered from a wrist fracture, the specialists at Bluegrass Orthopaedics will give you a thorough examination to first determine the pattern of the fracture, whether it is stable or unstable and whether or not it is displaced or non-displaced. From here, we can decide on the best course of treatment. A fracture that is not displaced, or one that has already been set, can be treated with a splint or cast. If needed, the fracture can be treated with pins, screws, plates or external fixation. If there are parts of the bone that are missing or crushed, a bone graft may be necessary.
If you have an injury that has gone unnoticed or untreated, you could end up with wrist instability and arthritis in the wrist. This can greatly limit treatment options. Persistent wrist sprains may be treated with anti-inflammatory drugs, steroid injections and splinting. It is extremely important to contact Bluegrass Orthopaedics if you believe you may have a wrist sprain. A thorough examination can start the healing process and alleviate any unnecessary future problems.
Hands are essential in the day-to-day activities of life. No matter your situation, be it a sprained wrist, arthritis in the hands or more complex issues, the team at Bluegrass Orthopaedics can help you recover. Your fingers, hand and wrist consist of an intricate arrangement of joints, cartilage and bones that must work together to accomplish flexibility and coordination when typing and writing. Muscle strength enables us to bend or straighten our wrist and to grasp and grip objects. When something goes wrong with any of the joints, cartilage or bones in the hand or wrist, suddenly simple tasks can become a chore.
When it comes to wrist pain surgery in Lexington, KY, the specialists to see are at Bluegrass Orthopaedics, conveniently located on Richmond Road, in Hamburg and in Georgetown.