This is an emergency room visit for the evaluation and treatment of a broken bone in the wrist.
The upper extremity (arm) is made up of three bones.
Broken bones are also called fractures. The different types of fractures are:
Greenstick and buckle fractures are more common in children because their bones are softer and bend easier than the bones of an adult.
Some common ways that people break one of the bones in their wrist include:
There are medical conditions, such as osteoporosis, that can increase your risk of a broken bone. A break in one of the bones in your wrist may result in a snap or cracking sound followed by:
In severe cases, the wrist is in an abnormal position (displaced fracture) or the bone breaks through the skin (open fracture).
Contact your healthcare provider if you think you may have broken your wrist. A broken bone requires prompt evaluation and treatment to make sure the bone is aligned and heals properly. He or she will:
Treatment for a broken wrist will depend on the type and location of the break. Depending on the severity of the break, you may be referred to an orthopedic surgeon for evaluation and treatment.
The costs associated with this care path are for a broken arm treated in an emergency room.
If you decide to go to the emergency room (ER), it may be helpful if you:
Here are some questions to ask your ER healthcare provider:
After your appointment, you should also understand your treatment plan, possible alternatives, and what medications are recommended (including possible side effects). Get a written copy of the information you were given and ask that a copy be sent to your primary care provider (PCP).
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