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:
- Elevation of the wrist
- Avoid activities that cause pain
- Prolonged immobilization in a sling can lead to frozen shoulder
- Cold compresses
- Elastic wrap
- Cast or splint for a wrist fracture
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain:
- Ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil, Ibuprin, Nuprin)
- Naproxen (Aleve, Anaprox, Naprosyn)
- Ketoprofen (Oruvail, Orudis, Actron)
- Narcotic pain medication:
- For moderate to severe pain
- For short term use only
- Physical therapy for a wrist fracture
- Occupational therapy for a wrist fracture
- Surgery for a wrist fracture:
- In order to repair fractured bones
- Appropriate for grossly displaced or severely angulated fractures.
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?
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