A wrist fracture is a crack or break in one or more of the 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 healthcare provider will ask about your symptoms and how the injury happened. Your provider will examine you. Tests may include:
The treatment depends on the type of fracture.
With treatment, the fracture may take 6 to 12 weeks to heal. You may need to do special exercises to help your wrist get stronger and more flexible. Ask your healthcare provider about this.
Follow the full course of treatment your healthcare provider prescribes. Also:
Ask your healthcare provider:
Make sure you know when you should come back for a checkup.
Most broken wrists are caused by accidents that are not easy to prevent. When you do activities like rollerblading, be sure to wear protective wrist guards.