Wrist Fracture

A fracture and a broken bone mean basically the same thing. A fractured wrist is often due to a fall on an outstretched hand. The most important part of treatment is immobilizing the wrist, and sometimes the elbow. You will be in a splint or cast for 4-6 weeks. If there is significant damage to the wrist, this must be corrected in order to ensure proper healing. Minor fractures without deformity do not requiresetting the bone (reduction) to heal correctly.


  • Do not remove your splint or cast that has been applied to treat your injury.

  • If there is itching inside of the splint/cast area, DO NOT put anything between the splint/cast and skin to scratch the area. This can cause injury.

  • Keep your wrist elevated on pillows for 3-4 days to reduce swelling. A sling may also be used to help rest your injury.

  • Place ice packs over the wrist splint or cast for the next 2-3 days to help control pain and swelling.

  • Pain and anti-inflammatory medicine may be needed for the next few days.

  • Call your caregiver to arrange follow-up within the next few days as recommended.


  • You have increased pain or pressure around your injury, or if your hand becomes numb, cold, or pale.

  • You have loss of movement of the thumb or fingers.

  • You develop worsening swelling of your hand, fingers, and thumb.

  • Your splint/cast gets damaged or comes off.


  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

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