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Colles' Fracture (Distal Radius Fracture or Broken Wrist)

When Will My Broken Wrist Feel Better?

Of course, what you really want to know is when you can get back in the game after breaking your wrist. There's no easy answer.

Here are some things to keep in mind during recovery from a broken wrist:

  • It might take eight weeks or longer for your wrist to heal. More severe breaks may not fully mend for six months. You and your doctor will decide when you are fully recovered.
  • Don't rush back into your activity too soon. If you start working out before your wrist is healed, you could cause more serious damage.
  • You may still have discomfort and stiffness in your wrist for months, or even years, after the injury.
  • Follow your doctor's instructions for taking care of your cast. Remember that casts cannot get wet. 
  • See your doctor if the pain or swelling keeps getting worse after you get a cast or if you experience numbness in your fingers.

 

How Can I Prevent a Broken Wrist?

A broken wrist is tough to prevent, since it usually happens during an accidental fall. But it can help to use wrist guards during risky sports, like inline skating. Sometimes, a broken wrist can indicate osteoporosis, especially in women. Talk to your doctor about your risk factors for osteoporosis and fractures. There are steps you can take to improve your bone health.

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Reviewed by David T. Derrer, MD on July 31, 2014

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