It’s not uncommon for little elderly ladies to be admitted under a general medical unit after a wrist fracture, often for analgesia and assistance. It is important to note the long term consequences though, as even though the fracture seems minor, it can have a big impact on the long term functional ability of the patient.
Edwards et al looked at over 250 women and followed them up for a mean of 7.6 years, finding that those with wrist fractures had an independently higher risk of functional decline, by about 48%. Don’t forget this the next time you see an elderly person with a wrist fracture – plan ahead from the start.
Read more over at the BMJ here.
IMAGE: Curtis National Hand Center