Wrist Fractures


Wrist fractures are common is people of all ages, normally as a result of either a significant trauma (the young) or simply a fall from standing height (the elderly). You may have broken the end of your radius, the end of your ulna or both.

In Clinic

Your surgeon will review your x-rays, ask what happened and will examine your hand. In addition they may ask you some questions about your general health. If the fracture is severe and requires surgery, a CT scan may be arranged.

Treatment Options

  • Nonoperative in a cast – for stable undisplaced fractures
  • Manipulation into a cast – to improve the position of a wrist fracture to prevent surgery being required
  • Surgery to wire or plate the fracture – for displaced unstable fractures (see Surgery for your Wrist Fracture).


The time it takes to recover depends on how bad your fracture was and how it has been treated. With a cast or wires we normally prevent movements in the wrist with a cast for around 5-6 weeks. If your fracture is fixed well with a plate you can move it immediately after surgery as pain allows. We will tell you what you can and cannot do following your surgery.

Mr Sam Vollans

Mr Sam Vollans

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

I graduated from the University of Leeds and completed my specialist training in Yorkshire. Following this, I undertook further training in both elective and trauma shoulder & elbow surgery in Sheffield & Europe.

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