Friday, September 4, 2015

Denver Orthopedics: John Wall’s Case and the Facts on Wrist Fracture

The possibility for the Washington Wizards to advance to the NBA Eastern Conference finals for the first time in 36 years was dampened when the team placed star point guard John Wall on the inactive list, nearly an hour before tip-off in Game 2. Wall was said to have sustained a wrist injury during the series’ Game 1 against the Atlanta Hawks. Complaining of a ‘really bad’ wrist sprain, Wall’s injury was much worse than initially thought—multiple physicians and specialists discovered the baller had five non-displaced fractures in his left wrist and hand. How do wrist fractures occur? The wrist is made up of ten bones—two forearm bones (radius and ulna), and eight small bones. These bones make up multiple large and small joints, where each bone end is lined by cartilage and held together by ligaments. The shape and design of these joints allow a person to perform multiple motions with his wrist including rotations, side-to-side, and up-and-down movements.


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