A wrist fracture is a crack or break in one or more bones in the wrist. The break may be just a bend or small crack in the bone, or the bone may break into pieces or shatter. Some fractures may stick out through the skin.
There are 8 bones in the wrist. They attach to the bones in the forearm and the bones in the hand.
Broken wrists are usually caused by a fall or direct hit to the wrist. A fracture may also be the result of a medical condition that causes weak or brittle bones.
Symptoms may include:
Your child’s healthcare provider will ask about your child’s symptoms and how the injury happened. Your provider will examine your child. Tests may include:
The treatment depends on the type of fracture.
With treatment, the fracture may take up to 6 to 12 weeks to heal. Your child may need to do special exercises to help the wrist get stronger and more flexible. Ask your child’s healthcare provider about this.
Follow the full course of treatment your healthcare provider prescribes. Also:
Ask your child’s healthcare provider:
Make sure you know when your child should come back for a checkup.
Most broken wrists are caused by accidents that are not easy to prevent. Your child should wear protective wrist guards during activities like rollerblading.