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Causes Of A Broken Wrist

A wrist fracture commonly occurs from a fall on an outstretched hand, with the weight of the person landing on the palm, states the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS). This occurs because the majority of the person's weight is then transmitted to one or more bones in the wrist that cannot handle this amount of force and breaks.

A person who hears or feels a cracking or popping sensation during a fall should seek medical treatment. A doctor will perform a physical exam and likely X-ray the wrist to determine the extent of the injury. This occurs because during an accident, forces can be transmitted through the car to the steering wheel that the driver is holding and into the small bones of the wrist, which can then break because they are not designed to handle this amount of force.


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