Preparing for your appointment

You might first seek treatment for a broken wrist or broken hand in an emergency room or urgent care clinic. If the pieces of broken bone aren't lined up properly to allow healing with immobilization, you might be referred to a doctor specializing in orthopedic surgery.

What you can do

You may want to write a list that includes:

  • A description of your symptoms and how, where and when the injury occurred
  • Information about your and your family's medical histories
  • All the medications and dietary supplements you take, including doses
  • Questions you want to ask the doctor

For a broken wrist or broken hand, questions to ask your doctor include:

  • What tests do I need?
  • What's the best course of action?
  • Will I need surgery?
  • Will I need to wear a cast? If so, for how long?
  • Will I need physical therapy when the cast comes off?
  • Are there restrictions that I need to follow?
  • Should I see a specialist?

What to expect from your doctor

Your doctor might ask:

  • What is your occupation?
  • Was your wrist or hand bent backward or forward when the impact occurred?
  • Are you right-handed or left-handed?
  • Where does it hurt, and do certain movements make it hurt more or less?
  • Have you had previous hand or wrist injuries or surgery?
July 12, 2017
References
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