Understanding Wrist Fractures: Types, Treatments, and Recovery

Wrist fractures are a common injury that can occur due to various reasons, ranging from sports accidents to falls. These fractures can significantly impact one’s daily activities and quality of life if not properly managed. At JIS Orthopedics, we understand the importance of addressing wrist fractures promptly and effectively to ensure optimal recovery and functionality for our patients. 

Types of Wrist Fractures: 

Wrist fractures can involve different bones and vary in severity. Some of the most common types include: 

  • Distal Radius Fracture: This is the most common type of wrist fracture and typically occurs near the wrist joint. It often results from a fall onto an outstretched hand. 
  • Scaphoid Fracture: The scaphoid bone is located near the base of the thumb, and fractures to this bone can occur from a fall onto an outstretched hand or from sports injuries. 
  • Ulnar Styloid Fracture: This type of fracture involves the ulnar styloid process, a bony projection at the end of the ulna bone in the forearm. It can occur due to a direct blow to the wrist or from a fall.


Treatment Options: 

The treatment approach for wrist fractures depends on various factors, including the type and severity of the fracture, as well as the patient’s age and activity level. Some common treatment options include: 

  • Immobilization: For stable fractures, immobilization with a cast or splint may be sufficient to allow the bones to heal properly. The duration of immobilization varies depending on the specific fracture. 
  • Closed Reduction: In some cases, a procedure called closed reduction may be performed to realign the fractured bones without surgery. This may be followed by immobilization to allow for healing. 
  • Surgery: For more complex or unstable fractures, surgery may be necessary to realign the bones and fix them in place with screws, plates, or other hardware. This is often recommended for fractures that are displaced or involve multiple pieces of bone.


Recovery and Rehabilitation: 

Recovery from a wrist fracture can take several weeks to months, depending on the severity of the injury and the chosen treatment approach. Physical therapy may be recommended to improve range of motion, strength, and function in the wrist after the immobilization period. Patients are typically advised to avoid activities that could put stress on the healing bones until they are fully healed. 

At JIS Orthopedics, Dr. AJ Julka, Orthopedic Hand and Wrist Surgeon, is dedicated to providing comprehensive care for wrist fractures. From accurate diagnosis to personalized treatment plans and ongoing rehabilitation, we are committed to helping our patients achieve the best possible outcomes and regain function in their wrists. 


Wrist fractures are a common orthopedic injury that can have a significant impact on daily life. Prompt diagnosis and appropriate treatment are essential for ensuring optimal recovery and preventing long-term complications. At JIS Orthopedics, we are here to support our patients every step of the way on their journey to recovery from wrist fractures. If you or a loved one is experiencing wrist pain or has suffered a wrist injury, don’t hesitate to contact us for expert evaluation and care. 

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