I tried to write it in plain English, but included the medical terms in quotes so that you can understand a doctor if they use the terms. When someone falls on their outstretched hand, they sometimes get a "broken wrist." The bone that is usually broken is called the radius. Therefore, the medical term for the most common type of "broken wrist" is a distal radius fracture (that is, the larger forearm bone is broken near the wrist). In fact, the radius is the most commonly broken bone in the arm.I am posting this updated version here so that you can have further information about your fracture. It is the larger bone on the upper side of the photograph above. It usually happens when you fall and land on your outstretched hands.
He said veteran first baseman Ryan Howard, who was released from Triple-A Gwinnett on May 8, is not an option.
Ruiz, primarily a third baseman, played in five games with Atlanta last season.
It can also happen in a car accident, bike accident, skiing accident, and similar situations.
Sometimes, the other forearm bone (the ulna) is also broken, which would be called a distal ulna fracture. The fracture (broken bone) is almost always about one inch from the end of the bone.
Often, the doctor will order an x-ray to check if there is an injury.
If there is a buckle fracture of the distal radius, the doctor will recommend a splint to treat it.
This is material I originally wrote in 2005 for the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery, for their patient education website.
The original version is posted on their website but I have updated it here; the original is now at least four years out of date. The lower bone is called the ulna and is on the little finger side of the arm.
The 22-year-old was hitting .262 with four homers and 16 RBIs in 37 games with Gwinnett.