What to Expect if Your Child Fractures Her Wrist

A fractured or cracked wrist can occur during sports, play, or following a fall. Fractures require a cast or splint to hold the bones in place for a period of weeks, allowing them to heal. If your child experiences a fracture, your orthopedic doctor will explain the treatment process and help you along every step of the way.

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Diagnosis

Broken bones in the wrist can cause pain, swelling, and bruising. Depending upon the severity of the fracture, your child may or may not be able to move her wrist through its full range of motion. Fractures are diagnosed by a physician using a combination of physical examination, X-rays, and sometimes CT scanning techniques. Once the damage has been identified, a cast is applied to immobilize the wrist and allow the bones to heal.

Casting

Depending upon her injury, your child’s cast may fully encase the wrist or provide support only to the damaged areas. The cast will need to remain on her wrist for three to six weeks, during which time you will follow up with your orthopedic doctor to ensure the wrist is healing in the proper configuration. Your doctor will explain how to care for your child’s cast during this time.

Post-Cast Removal

Most children do not require physical therapy after the removal of either a full or half cast. While it may take time for your child to fully extend and move her wrist, this is normal. Your child should avoid strenuous or high-impact activities for four to six weeks after the removal of her cast, as her wrist is still healing and may be weakened from immobility.

The orthopedic doctors at Able Orthopedic & Sports Medicine of Forest Hills offer specialized care for fractures in children and adults. If you have questions about orthopedic care, please call us today at (866) 650-8063 to schedule an appointment. You can learn more about our practice, including our newest sports medicine specialist, Dr. Toturgul, on our website.

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