There are 8 bones in the wrist. They attach to the bones in the forearm and the bones in the hand. When you break your wrist, you may have cracked or broken one or more of these wrist bones or the ends of the forearm bones that connect with the wrist bones.
The usual causes of a wrist fracture are:
Symptoms may include:
Your provider will ask about your symptoms and how the injury happened. He or she will examine you. You will have X-rays of your wrist.
The treatment depends on the type of fracture. If the broken bone is crooked, your healthcare provider will straighten it. You will be given medicine first so the straightening is not painful. Sometimes surgery is needed to put the bones back into the correct position.
The wrist may need to be set in a splint or cast to keep it from moving while it heals.
Follow the full course of treatment your healthcare provider prescribes. Also:
When your wrist has been in a splint or cast, your joints may get stiff and your muscles get weaker. After the splint or cast is removed, your healthcare provider or physical therapist may recommend exercises to help the wrist get stronger and more flexible. Follow your provider’s instructions for doing exercises.
Keep all appointments for provider visits or tests. Call your healthcare provider right away if:
Wrist fractures may take 6 to 12 weeks or longer to heal.
Most wrist fractures are caused by accidents that are not easy to prevent. When you do activities like rollerblading, be sure to wear protective wrist guards.