The wrist is an important component in the flexibility and mobility of the hand. Without the flexibility of the wrist, the hand would be unable to rotate, bend or straighten, preventing us from performing routine tasks like exercising, throwing a ball or even turning a doorknob. Unfortunately, wrist injuries occur frequently, commonly resulting from traumatic or repetitive use injuries at work, or from other traumatic events like car or truck crashes and collisions.
Connecting the forearm to the hand, the wrist has four main joints (or “articulations”) and 8 carpal bones – all of which are vulnerable to damage in the event of an auto crash. Because the wrist is made up of these different parts, there are a variety of different injuries that can severely affect the function of the wrist. Some of the most common types of wrist injuries include:
- Broken or fractured wrist
- Wrist dislocation
- Wrist ligament sprain
- Wrist tendon strain
- Rupture of a wrist ligament or tendon
The most frequently broken bone in the wrist is the “scaphoid”, which is located on the thumb side of the wrist – right where the wrist bends. As this area is often placed under the most amount of stress during a car crash/collision, it is often the first bone to break in this area.
A wrist injury or wrist bone fracture is often associated with searing pain and localized swelling at the base of the thumb. In some cases, the bone is known to bulge – or sometimes protrude – from the skin, causing great discomfort to the injury victim.
Although some are more serious than others, any wrist injury can be debilitating. Even the most minor wrist injuries can cause serious pain and may become a chronic injury years down the road.
Depending on the severity of your wrist injury, you may require significant medical care, which could include physical therapy, pain medication, immobilization with a cast, and possibly even surgery. In many cases, wrist injury treatment can result in costly medical bills, which can be an overwhelming burden, especially those whose wrist injury prevents them from returning to work. Unfortunately, even with treatment, some wrist injuries can lead to devastating long-term complications, including numbness, stiffness, pain, swelling, tenderness, nerve damage, osteoarthritis, and poor healing, especially if the carpal bones of the hand are broken.
If you or a loved one have experienced wrist injuries because of another party’s negligent or reckless conduct, let us help. Our goal is to secure the compensation you deserve so that you can focus on your physical and emotional recovery. Contact us today.