Wrist Injury

A wrist injury is a common consequence of car accidents, often occurring when the hands are thrown forward to brace for impact, resulting in sudden and excessive force on the wrist. Such injuries can range from mild sprains to severe fractures and can significantly impact a person’s ability to perform daily tasks.

Proper diagnosis and treatment are crucial to prevent long-term disability. Georgia Spine & Orthopaedics specializes in addressing such injuries, providing comprehensive care to ensure a full recovery.

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Types of Wrist Injuries

There are various types of wrist injuries that can occur as a result of a car accident:

  • Fractures: The most common are fractures to the distal radius, the end of the larger of the two arm bones at the thumb-side of the wrist. More severe impacts can cause fractures to multiple bones in the wrist.
  • Sprains: These occur when the ligaments that support the wrist are stretched beyond their limits or tear.
  • Dislocations: This involves one or more bones in the wrist being forced out of their normal positions.
  • Tendon Damage: Tendons around the wrist can become damaged or inflamed.
  • Nerve Damage: Car accidents can cause trauma to the nerves in the wrist, leading to pain, weakness, or numbness.

Symptoms of Wrist Injuries

Symptoms of wrist injuries from car accidents can include:

  • Pain and swelling in the wrist
  • Bruising and redness around the wrist
  • Tenderness and warmth around the injured area
  • Deformity of the wrist
  • Difficulty moving the wrist or hand
  • A feeling of popping or tearing inside the wrist
  • Numbness or tingling in the hand, indicating nerve involvement

Diagnostic Approach

At GA Spine & Orthopaedics, diagnosing a wrist injury begins with a detailed examination, including assessing the patient’s history and the specifics of the accident. Imaging tests such as X-rays, CT scans, or MRIs are often used to determine the exact nature and extent of the injury. These diagnostics are crucial for planning an effective treatment strategy.

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Treatment Options for Wrist Injuries

The treatment for a wrist injury depends on the severity and type of injury. GA Spine & Orthopaedics offers a variety of treatment options tailored to each patient’s specific needs:

Conservative Treatments

Splinting or Casting: To immobilize the wrist and allow it to heal, a splint or cast may be applied. This is often the first line of treatment for fractures and severe sprains.

Medications: Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can help reduce pain and swelling. For more severe pain, stronger painkillers may be prescribed temporarily.

Physical Therapy: Once the wrist starts to heal, physical therapy plays a vital role in restoring function. Exercise will help strengthen the muscles and improve flexibility, reducing the risk of stiffness or long-term disability.

Interventional Treatments

Corticosteroid Injections: For cases involving significant inflammation or chronic conditions exacerbating the injury, corticosteroid injections may be used to reduce swelling and pain.

Surgical Options

Fracture Repair: Orthopedic surgery may be necessary to realign broken bone pieces and secure them with pins, plates, or screws.

Tendon Repair: If the tendons around the wrist are damaged, surgical repair may be required.

Reconstructive Surgery: In cases of severe injuries involving multiple structures, reconstructive surgery might be needed to restore the normal anatomy of the wrist.

Rehabilitation and Recovery

Rehabilitation is a critical component of treatment for wrist injuries. GA Spine & Orthopaedics provides comprehensive rehabilitation services designed to enhance and expedite recovery. Therapy typically begins with gentle motion exercises to increase your range of motion, followed by gradual strengthening exercises.

The goal is to return the wrist to its pre-accident functionality and strength, preventing long-term problems.

How GA Spine & Orthopaedics Can Help With a Wrist Injury

GA Spine & Orthopaedics is equipped with state-of-the-art facilities and a team of orthopedic specialists, surgeons, and physical therapists who are experts in treating wrist injuries resulting from car accidents. Our holistic approach ensures personalized care plans that not only address the immediate injury but also foster a quicker and more complete recovery.

If you have suffered a wrist injury from a car accident, GA Spine & Orthopaedics is here to help. With our expert care, advanced treatment options, and dedicated rehabilitation services, we are committed to getting you back to your daily activities without lingering effects.

Trust us to provide the care you need to heal your wrist injury and regain your optimal health. Call us at 404-596-5670 today!


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