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What happens during your recovery from treatment for broken wrist or forearm?

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It takes a year or more to fully recover from a broken wrist or forearm. Your doctor may recommend physical therapy as you get back to normal. How quickly you recover depends on your bone health. While you heal your doctor will:

  • Help you manage your pain with over-the-counter drugs.
  • Look at your cast or surgical site to make sure everything is dry, clean, and continues to help your bones grow back together.
  • Check on the movement of your fingers and hand. You should be able to move both within a day of surgery or casting.
  • Start treating osteoporosis, you have it, to prevent future fractures.

SOURCES:

International Osteoporosis Foundation: "About Osteoporosis."

News Release, International Osteoporosis Foundation.

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Recommendations for Enhancing the Care of Patients with Fragility Fractures," "Distal Radius Fractures," "Adult Forearm Fractures."

Pesce, V. , 2009. Clinical Cases in Mineral and Bone Metabolism

American Society for Surgery of the Hand: "Wrist Fractures -- Distal Radius Fracture."

Pietri, M. , 2007. Clinical Cases in Mineral and Bone Metabolism

Reviewed by David Zelman on May 22, 2019

SOURCES:

International Osteoporosis Foundation: "About Osteoporosis."

News Release, International Osteoporosis Foundation.

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Recommendations for Enhancing the Care of Patients with Fragility Fractures," "Distal Radius Fractures," "Adult Forearm Fractures."

Pesce, V. , 2009. Clinical Cases in Mineral and Bone Metabolism

American Society for Surgery of the Hand: "Wrist Fractures -- Distal Radius Fracture."

Pietri, M. , 2007. Clinical Cases in Mineral and Bone Metabolism

Reviewed by David Zelman on May 22, 2019

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