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Wrist Fractures

Wrist fractures are one of the most common traumas that I see as a hand surgeon. Often times, it occurs as a result of a fall from standing. Typically, the patient will have immediate swelling and pain in the wrist. Occasionally, the wrist fracture will not be shifted very much and may be treated non-operatively. However, there are other times where a reduction (setting the bone in place) is necessary. If the reduction is done well, there are times where surgery can be avoided and immobilization with a splint/cast/brace may suffice. However, there are other situations where a reduction is either inadequate or the fracture itself cannot be non-operatively treated. If surgery is required, it is typically done with plates and screws in an adult. Pins can sometimes be used, and typically are in displaced fractures in pediatric patients. For more information, pleaase visit:



Randy Luo



  • American Society for Surgery of the Hand
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • Baylor College of Medicine
  • Texas Medical Association