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Wrist fracture (distal radius fracture)

Wrist fracture (distal radius fracture)

Your forearm consists of two main bones, the radius and the ulna. The end of the radius bone closest to the wrist is call the distal radius and fractures to this area are incredibly common. The distal radius is actually one of the bones broken most frequently in the body and is the most commonly broken bone in the arm.

Wrist fracture: aftercare & rehab

If your fracture is treated in a cast, typically it remains in place for a period of six weeks. After it is removed, you will benefit from rehabilitation supervised by a hand therapist. Whilst the cast is on you will not be able to drive.

If your fracture is treated surgically, you will be seen by a hand therapist and will start early movement of your hand and wrist. You will not be able to drive until you can grip a steering wheel strongly, which may take up to six weeks or more. You may be able to return to office duties after one week, but in a restricted capacity, especially if your injured wrist is your dominant hand. You will not be able to perform heavy duties or lift items of any significant weight until six weeks after surgery. Surgery, however, will ensure that the fracture heals in a better position and may allow for earlier return of function.