June 28, 2011
TOI physicians answer common musculoskeletal questions
Question: I fractured my wrist and the doctor recommended surgery instead of a cast. Why?
Answer: All fractures are not created equal. There are many characteristics that make each fracture (or broken bone) different. The complexity of the fracture (number of pieces), extension of the fracture into the joint, or presence of osteoporosis, can all impact the recommended treatment. In general, more complex fractures involving the joint (especially in osteoporotic bone) are often treated surgically, while simple fractures can be managed with a cast.
Andrew F. Rocca, M.D.
Board Certified – Orthopaedic Surgery