Distal radius fracture treatment is available from the orthopaedic experts at Tampa Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Group, who see patients from Tampa, Clearwater, St. Petersburg, and all other nearby Florida communities. If you have injured your wrist and are experiencing pain and swelling, you should seek medical treatment right away, even if you don’t think your pain is severe enough to be the result of a fracture. Each patient experiences wrist fracture symptoms differently, and every injury requires an individualized treatment plan to ensure successful rehabilitation.
A distal radius fracture is the most common type of broken arm. The break occurs in a forearm bone (the radius) near its end at the wrist (the distal end), often as a result of a fall onto an outstretched hand. This is not surprising when you consider that reaching out during a fall is a natural instinct to lessen the impact on the rest of the body. Such fractures can occur while participating in individual sports like rollerblading, snowboarding, skiing, cycling, and running, and can also result from the impact of a vehicle accident. An underlying condition like osteoporosis can be a contributing factor as well because it can make the bones fragile and prone to fracture.
At the Tampa Orthopaedic clinic in Tampa, FL, your distal radius fracture treatment will be overseen by Dr. Daniel Murphy, a Board-certified orthopaedic surgeon, and Dr. Arnold Ramirez, a Board-certified sports medicine physician. Our team can evaluate your condition to ascertain whether your wrist is broken and, if so, whether the fracture is stable or unstable. This information will help guide your treatment regimen. For example:
- Stable fractures can often be treated with a cast that properly aligns and immobilizes the bone.
- Unstable fractures can sometimes be reset by a medical professional.
If we determine that surgery will offer you the best option for pain relief and restored mobility, Dr. Murphy will discuss surgical treatment options for your distal radius fracture. After your cast is removed, or following your surgery, a regimen of physical therapy might be recommended to ease any residual stiffness in your wrist and help you slowly resume your regular activity level.
Contact Tampa Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Group today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Murphy or Dr. Ramirez. We treat distal radius fracture and other musculoskeletal conditions for patients in Tampa, Clearwater, St. Petersburg, and elsewhere in FL.