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Wrist Fractures and Dislocations

Background

This review covers primary fractures and dislocations involving the wrist region. The wrist is composed of the anatomic region between the forearm and the hand. Its ability to place the hand in 3-dimensional space is essential for normal daily function of the upper extremity. Over the last few decades, significant advances have occurred in the understanding of wrist anatomy, pathophysiology, and carpal kinematics. Even so, some wrist injuries remain a diagnostic enigma, while others remain frustrating to treat either conservatively or with operative intervention.

For patient education information, see eMedicineHealth’s patient education articles Wrist Injury and Broken Hand.

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