Fractures and dislocations of the wrist encompass a wide spectrum of complex and unique injury patterns. An understanding of the intrinsic anatomic and biomechanical characteristics of the wrist and its enveloping structures are important to properly examine, diagnose and manage these often complicated injuries of the wrist. The goal of treatment after such injuries is to achieve a painless, stable wrist, with sufficient strength and mobility to carry out occupational tasks and activities of daily living. This article reviews the recent trends in the diagnosis and treatment of fractures and dislocations of the wrist to enhance our understanding of wrist pathologies. Anatomy, biomechanics, radiographic, and imaging evaluation of the wrist will be discussed along with in-depth reviews of specific injury patterns.Curr Opin Orthop 1999, 10:237–251 © 1999 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, The Mt. Sinai Medical Center, Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Correspondence to William H. Seitz, Jr, MD, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery The Mt. Sinai Medical Center, One Mt. Sinai Drive, Cleveland, OH 44106, USA