Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Broken Wrist Treatment

Treatment for a wrist fracture depends on the severity of the fracture. General treatment for a wrist fracture includes rest, elevation, cold compresses, and pain medications. If the fractured bone has moved out of normal position, then a doctor may move it into position and place the wrist in a cast or splint. Surgery may be required for severe fractures in which the bones must be realigned and fastened into position. In most cases, healing requires 6 to 8 weeks.

Specific treatment for a wrist fracture may include:

Broken Wrist Questions For Doctor

The following are some important questions to ask before and after the treatment of wrist fracture.

Questions to ask before treatment:

  • What are my treatment options?
    • Is surgery an option for me?
  • What are the risks associated with treatment?
  • Do I need to stay in the hospital?
    • How long will I be in the hospital?
  • What are the complications I should watch for?
  • How long will I be on medication?
  • What are the potential side effects of my medication?
  • Does my medication interact with nonprescription medicines or supplements?
  • Should I take my medication with food?

Questions to ask after treatment:
  • Do I need to change my diet?
  • When can I resume my normal activities?
  • When can I return to work?
  • Do I need a special exercise program?
  • Will I need physical therapy?
  • Will I need occupational therapy?
  • What else can I do to reduce my risk for having a wrist fracture again?
  • How often will I need to see my doctor for checkups?
  • What local support and other resources are available?

Broken Wrist Specialist

Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat a wrist fracture:

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Last Updated: Jun 9, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Broken Wrist References
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