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Injuries and fractures to the wrist are usually caused by a fall onto an outstretched arm. This can happen while running, playing sports, like soccer, gymnastics or skiing but can also happen from a simple trip and fall. The most common injuries are buckle fractures and sprains. Although painful, these fractures reliably heal without long periods of immobilization.

What to Expect . . .

Week 1-2

These fractures can be treated with either a cast (“short arm”, or below-the-elbow), or removable wrist brace, depending on which is more comfortable. As pain allows, the brace can be removed for activities like sleeping, eating, and bathing,

Week 3

Transition to wearing a removable wrist brace only for high-risk activities. When at home, or in a safe environment, remove the brace and begin to use your wrist.

Week 4

Perform all daily activities without wearing a brace, to regain strength and flexibility, but hold off on returning to sports.

Return to Sports

Try the “push-up” test at home. If you feel comfortable doing this, you can gradually return to sports as symptoms allow.

**Every patient and every fracture is different. If you’re feeling good, it’s safe to progress through these steps a little faster. If you’re not feeling ready, that’s also normal and you add a few days to each step.**