Broken wrist recovery time varies depending on many factors
The time taken for a broken wrist to recover will vary depending on a number of factors including the age of the patient, severity of the break or fracture and other health issues. It is not uncommon for a broken wrist to take up to a few months to fully recover. Even after this there can be some aching or stiffness in the wrist. Patients need to be mindful that arthritis can develop in the joint if its surface was heavily damaged. It is important for the treatment and rehabilitation of the broken wrist not to be rushed otherwise the wrist will have trouble healing to its full capacity. Treatment will be prescribed by the doctor and will depend on the patient’s occupation, previous injuries and other medical issues.
The wrist as part of your hand performs many of the daily activities we take for granted so it is important that it is taken seriously. Initial treatment for fractures will depend on whether the wrist bones are still in position and well aligned or if they are displaced and fragmented into pieces. A fracture reduction will need to occur if you have the latter type of fracture but a sedative or anaesthetic can be taken for this procedure to minimise pain. For a fracture with the bones still in a good position or for a patient that has had their bones re-aligned with a fracture reduction procedure, a cast or splint can be used to heal the broken bones and prevent movement.
In more serious cases, surgery will be needed to stabilise the bone or reset it, a device may be needed to do this such as screws, rods or plates. These devices will help to hold the fragments of bone in place while they heal and they generally do not need to be removed as they are placed deep within the wrist. On rare occasions, there may be bone missing resulting in a gap in the bone. In these cases, bone is taken from a different part of the patient’s body or somewhere else and used as a substitute to fill in the gap, this is called a bone graft.
What should I do if I have a broken wrist?
Broken wrist recovery time can be lengthy so contact Accident Advice Helpline to make a claim to compensate you for this time. If your broken wrist recovery time severely impacts on your life then you have a good chance of being eligible for a compensation claim with Accident Advice Helpline, call them 0800 689 0500 from your land line, or 0333 500 0993 from your mobile.
Date Published: 18th May 2014
Author: David Brown