When you have fractured your wrist, you need immediate attention to treat your injury. Dr. Vanessa Gabrovsky Cuéllar is a highly qualified and expert hand doctor in Beverly Hills. She is an orthopedic hand and wrist surgeon with specialized training in microsurgery and peripheral nerve surgery. She is dedicated to providing comprehensive and compassionate orthopedic care to her patients of all ages and provides exceptional care when treating Beverly Hills wrist fractures. In addition, as an integral component to her orthopedic care, Dr. Cuéllar offers integrative holistic medical approaches to promote whole body health and well-being. At our office, your comfort, health, and personal path to wellness are our number one priorities. Our patients expect and receive the finest personalized care each and every time they see us.
A wrist fracture is a medical term for a broken wrist. The wrist is made up of eight small bones which connect with the two long forearm bones called the radius and ulna. Although a broken wrist can happen in any of these 10 bones, by far the most common bone to break is the radius. This is called a distal radius fracture by hand surgeons. Some wrist fractures are stable. “Non-displaced” breaks, in which the bones do not move out of place initially, can be stable. Some “displaced” breaks (which need to be put back into the right place, called “reduction” or “setting”) also can be stable enough to treat in a cast or splint. Other fractures are unstable. In unstable fractures, even if the bones are put back into position and a cast is placed, the bone pieces tend to move or shift into a bad position before they solidly heal. This can make the wrist appear crooked. To understand the type of Beverly Hills wrist fracture you have and decide upon the best treatment option, a physical examination and x-rays are done.
To treat a Beverly Hills wrist fracture, there are 2 options: non-surgical or surgical. Most of the time, the bones can be realigned by manipulating them without surgery. A cast, splint or fracture-brace is applied to immobilize the bones and hold them in place. This ensures that the bones remain fixed in place. The cast will be worn for three to six weeks. Gentle wrist exercises can probably be started after the cast is removed. If you have sustained a wrist fracture, don’t hesitate to give Dr. Cuellar a call.