Wrist Fracture Treatment
- What It Is
- Risk Factors
- Living With
- User Questions
- Alternative Treatment
- Care Guide
- Questions for Your Doctor
- When to Contact a Doctor
- Find a Doctor
- Resource Guide
How to Treat Wrist Fracture
Treatment will depend on how severe the injury but it may involve:
- Putting the pieces of the bone together. This may require anesthesia and/or surgery.
- Keeping the pieces together while the bone heals itself.
Devices that may be used to hold the bone in place while it heals:
- A cast (may be used with or without surgery)
- A metal plate with screws (surgery)
- Screws alone (surgery)
- Metal pins that cross the bone, with a metal splint on the outside of the wrist that holds the pins and the fractured bone in place (surgery)
The doctor may give you pain medicine depending upon the level of pain. Your doctor will order more x-rays while the bone heals. The x-rays will help to make sure that the bones have not shifted.
When your doctor decides you are ready, start range-of-motion and strength exercises. A physical therapist may help you with these exercises. Do not return to sports until your wrist is fully healed.
A fracture of a carpal bone may take 10-16 weeks to heal. For the best recovery follow your doctor's directions.