Wrist Fracture

ExitCare ImageA wrist fracture is a break in one of the wrist bones. A cast or splint is used to keep the injured bones from moving. The cast or splint is often on for 4–6 weeks.


  • Keep your injured wrist raised (elevated). Move your fingers as much as possible.

  • Put ice on the injured area for the first 1–2 days after you have been treated or as told by your doctor.

  • Put ice in a plastic bag.

  • Place a towel between your skin and the bag.

  • Leave the ice on for 15-20 minutes at a time, every 2 hours while you are awake.

  • Do not put pressure on any part of your cast or splint.

  • Protect your cast or splint with a plastic bag before bathing or showering. Do not lower your cast or splint into water.

  • Only take medicine as told by your doctor.


  • Your cast or splint gets damaged or breaks.

  • You have very bad pain that does not go away.

  • You have more puffiness (swelling) than before the cast was put on.

  • Your skin or fingernails below the injured area turn blue, gray, or feel cold or numb.

  • You lose some of your feeling in the fingers.


  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

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