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Takeaways from our Orthopedic Hand & Upper Extremity Chat

Thank you to those of you who were able to attend the live chat with me on Hand and Upper Extremity conditions on Tuesday, July 23, 2013.  We had some great questions!  Many of the questions were related to when a patient should see a physician after an injury to the hand or upper extremity.  It is important that patients see a physician as soon as possible after an injury to avoid any long term complications.

Broken Wrist

For many hand and upper extremity injuries you can visit your primary care physician first and he/she can evaluate and if necessary refer you to an orthopedist or sports medicine specialist if it is an athletic injury.  If your injury is severe, many insurances allow you to schedule appointments directly with an orthopedist such as Dr. Gary McGillivary or myself, Claude Jarrett.  If you are not sure who to schedule your appointment with, call your primary care physician and they can help direct you to the correct place.

At Emory, you can call our Emory HealthConnection line at 404-778-7777.  This is a call center staffed by nurses that can help you determine the best physician for your specific condition.

Remember, the sooner you see a physician the sooner you will be back doing all the activities in your day to day activities.

If you were not able to join the chat last week, please review the transcript.  Also, for information on specific conditions, we have several blogs on hand and upper extremity conditions and they are placed below in the related links.

Thank you for your interest!

Claudius Jarrett

Claudius Jarrett, MDAbout Dr. Claudius Jarrett
Claudius Jarrett, MD is an assistant professor in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery. He started practicing at Emory after completing a hand, microsurgery, and upper extremity fellowship at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. After finishing medical school at Northwestern University, he completed his orthopedic residency here at Emory University. His clinical practice and research interests focus on addressing hand, wrist, elbow, and shoulder injuries.

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Does Your Broken Wrist Need Surgery?

Wrist fractures are the most common broken bone for people under 65 years old.  In fact, one out of every 6 fractures treated in the ER are wrist fractures!

Wrist Fracture Symptoms:

  • Wrist Pain
  • Swelling of or around the wrist
  • Deformity of the wrist

Wrist Fracture Treatment

Broken Wrist

Treatment for a wrist fracture can vary on a case by case basis.  Some wrist fractures can be treated in a cast.  Physicians can reset the fracture and cast it and the bones can heal themselves.  There are cases though when a wrist fracture needs surgery.    Physicians take into consideration other factors to determine whether a patient needs surgery such as: