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.

HOME CARE INSTRUCTIONS

  • 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.

SEEK MEDICAL CARE IF:

  • 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.

MAKE SURE YOU:

  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

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