Wrist Fracture

A wrist fracture is when one or more wrist bones are broken (fractured). A cast or splint is used to keep the injured bones from moving. The cast or splint is often on for 4 to 6 weeks.

HOME CARE

  • Keep the wrist raised (elevated) when sitting or lying down.

  • Do not wear rings or jewelry on the injured hand or wrist.

  • Put ice on the injured area.

  • Put ice in a plastic bag.

  • Place a towel between your skin and the bag.

  • Leave the ice on for 15 to 20 minutes, 3 to 4 times a day.

  • If you are given a plaster or fiberglass cast:

  • Do not try to scratch the skin under the cast with sharp objects.

  • Check the skin around the cast every day. You may put lotion on any red or sore areas. Keep the cast dry and clean.

  • If you are given a plaster splint:

  • Wear it as told. You may loosen the elastic around the splint if the fingers get numb, tingle, or turn a little blue.

  • If you are given a removable splint, wear it as told.

  • Do not use powders or deodorants in or around the cast or splint.

  • Do not remove padding from your cast or splint.

  • Do not put pressure on any part of the cast or splint. It may break. Rest the cast or splint on a pillow for the first 24 hours until it is fully hardened.

  • Gently move your fingers so they do not get stiff.

  • Do not remove the splint unless your doctor tells you to. Casts must be removed by a doctor.

  • Only take medicine as told by your doctor.

  • See your doctor again within 1 week to make sure you are healing well. If you have a splint, you may need a cast after the puffiness (swelling) goes down.

GET HELP RIGHT AWAY IF:

  • The cast or splint gets damaged or breaks.

  • The pain gets worse and is not helped by medicine.

  • There is more puffiness than there was before the cast was put on.

  • The skin or nails turn blue or gray or feel cold or numb.

  • The cast or splint feels too tight or too loose.

  • You have trouble moving or feeling your fingers.

  • You have a burning or stinging feeling from the cast or splint.

  • There is a bad smell coming from the cast or splint.

  • New stains or fluids are coming from under the cast or splint.

  • You have any new injuries while wearing the cast or splint.

MAKE SURE YOU:

  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.