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Personal Care for Wrist Fractures


A wrist fracture, or broken wrist, is a break in one or more of the bones in the wrist. Wrist fractures require immediate medical attention to immobilize the bone and prevent further damage.

At Dignity Health hospitals in the Bay Area, our orthopedic specialists work closely with our emergency care team to ensure that all our patients get unparalleled care. Don’t want to sit in the waiting room? Then wait at home until it’s your time to be seen.

Wrist Fracture Symptoms

The signs and symptoms of wrist fractures can affect the hands, wrist, and fingers and may include:

  • Bruising
  • Numbness
  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Visual deformity

Causes of Wrist Fractures

A wrist fracture is usually the result of a blow to the wrist or a fall (often from landing on an outstretched hand). If you have osteoporosis, or thinning of the bones, or participate in activities that can cause falls, you have a higher risk of breaking your wrist.

Treatment for Broken Wrists at Dignity Health

At our Bay Area hospitals, we provide quick immobilization of wrist fractures using a cast or splint. The device is usually worn for a few weeks. In severe cases, surgery is needed to align and stabilize the injured bone or bones before a cast can be applied. 

After the cast or splint is removed, you will need to strengthen the muscles in your hand. Your doctor will give you special exercises or refer you to a physical therapist. Dignity Health's four Bay Area hospitals offer physical therapy, sports medicine, and rehabilitation at Saint Francis Memorial Hospital and St. Mary’s Medical Center in San Francisco, Sequoia Hospital in Redwood City, and Dominican Hospital in Santa Cruz.

Find a Doctor online or call 866.759.0708 for the care your need.

Dignity Health offers trusted emergency orthopedic care for wrist fractures in San Francisco, Santa Cruz, and Redwood City.