Hand & Wrist Fractures

OPA treats a wide variety of upper extremity conditions and offers comprehensive treatment options — including many non-surgical solutions.

What are Hand & Wrist Fractures?

The eight bones of the wrist are arranged in two rows of four. Hand and wrist injuries are extremely common because the hand and wrist are constantly used. Manual laborers, athletes, and active individuals are most at risk.

Common Causes:

    • Accidentally strikes their hand or wrist with or against a solid object
    • Falls on an open or closed hand
    • Makes a fist and punches a solid object

Symptoms of a Hand/Wrist Fracture may include:

  • Pain
  • Swelling and bruising
  • Inability to grip
  • Anatomical deformity

When you arrive for your initial consultation, an Orthopedic Physicians Alaska (OPA) Hand Specialist will evaluate your areas of concern, discuss your symptoms, and develop a customized and comprehensive treatment plan tailored to your unique needs. This evaluation is a necessary part of diagnosing your condition and providing the best possible care.

When diagnosing a hand or wrist fracture, our experts will provide:

      • A medical, injury, and symptom history review
      • A physical examination
      • Multiple view x-rays

Once an official diagnosis is made, a customized treatment plan is prescribed. Treatment plans decrease symptoms as quickly as possible.

Common Treatments:

Immobilization is the most common nonsurgical treatment option. We will create comfortable custom-made cast, splint, or bracing. They help bones perfectly align and heal. Addition to immobilization the following may be prescribed:

Hand Therapy
Prescribed after the fracture is healed.

Decrease inflammation and pain.

Activity Modification
Reduces or stops symptom causing activities.

Schedule Appointment with Our Hand | Wrist | Elbow Team


The OPA team includes Alaska’s leading specialists and offers some of the latest, most advanced treatment procedures available today.

OPA treats a wide variety of conditions and offers comprehensive treatment options — including many non-surgical solutions, minimally invasive arthroscopies (repairs) and total joint replacement.

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