As an orthopaedic surgeon in Raleigh, North Carolina specializing in hand and wrist conditions, I have seen several injuries from electric scooters in my practice over the past year. Many of these injuries involve broken bones of the hand or wrist. When traveling at 15 miles per hour, sometimes the injuries are significant.
A fall onto an outstretched hand can result in several different injuries to that arm. Among the most common injuries is a broken wrist. There are several different fractures that can occur throughout the wrist, the most common is a break at the end of the radius bone. This is often referred to as a “distal radius fracture”. This is the most commonly broken bone in the body, with over 600,000 breaks in the United States per year. The injury is commonly seen both in kids and adults.