Diagnosis Orthopedics

Hand and Wrist Fractures

Your physician will ask you to describe what happened, examine your hand and wrist, and order X-rays of the area. Your doctor must determine not only which bone fractured, but also how it broke: straight across, into several pieces or completely shattered.

UCSF Health medical specialists have reviewed this information. It is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace the advice of your doctor or other health care provider. We encourage you to discuss any questions or concerns you may have with your provider.