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.
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.
- 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
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 with David Stanley, David Potter and Amjid Ali.
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