Each wrist fracture (broken wrist) needs specific rehabilitation based on injury type and fracture stability. Unstable fractures will almost always require surgical stabilisation. Stable fractures will be treated with a protective and supportive splint and monitored for appropriate fracture healing. If they show signs of instability, then your surgeon may consider operative stabilisation.
It is crucial only to perform the exercises prescribed by your Orthopaedic Surgeon or Physiotherapist. You should also wear your wrist splint/cast at all times unless advised otherwise by your physiotherapist or surgeon.
Common Wrist Fractures
- Fractured Radius
- Fractured Ulna
- Colles Fracture (# Radius + # Ulna)
- Fractured Carpals:
- Scaphoid Fracture (most common)
- Lunate Fracture / Kienbock Disease
- Capitate Fracture
- Trapezium Fracture
- Trapezoid Fracture
- Triquetrum Fracture
- Hamate Fracture
- Pisiform Fracture
Beware of CRPS (Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome)
Hand Swelling, Pain or Pins & Needles
It is extremely important to prevent hand and finger swelling post-fracture. Near permanent elevation (high arm sling) and regular finger and upper arm movement while protecting the fracture is the key. CRPS is a very significant and painful complication that can complicate your rehabilitation. Carpal tunnel syndrome may present as pins and needles to your hand. Please report any increase in swelling, pins and needles, or pain to your physiotherapist or doctor ASAP.
Post-fracture exercises are specific to your fracture and should be performed after assessment and guidance from your healthcare professional. Based on that, it is imperative only to perform the exercises prescribed by your Orthopaedic Surgeon or Physiotherapist. You should also wear your wrist splint/cast at all times unless advised otherwise by your physiotherapist or surgeon.
Do your exercises frequently throughout the day. Multiple sessions of short duration are generally better than longer sessions done only once or twice.
Common Wrist & Hand Pain or Injuries
Welcome to the Common Wrist & Hand Pain page, where we provide valuable information on various conditions affecting the wrist and hand. Traumatic injuries like broken wrists, fingers, and thumb sprains can cause significant discomfort.
Overuse injuries like carpal tunnel syndrome, de Quervain's tenosynovitis, and repetitive strain injury can result from repetitive motions. Additionally, degenerative or systemic conditions such as hand or wrist arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis can lead to chronic pain.
We also offer a range of treatment options, including general management strategies, early injury treatment techniques, ergonomics, and physiotherapy modalities like joint mobilisation, muscle treatment, support and protection methods, pain relief approaches such as acupuncture and dry needling, as well as electrotherapy and local modalities like heat packs and TENS machine.
Please click the links below for more information.
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- de Quervain's Tenosynovitis
- Muscle Strain
- Overuse Injuries
- RSI - Repetitive Strain Injury
- Wrist Tendinopathy
Degenerative or Systemic Conditions
Common Wrist & Hand Pain Treatments
- Early Injury Treatment
- Avoid the HARM Factors
- What to do after a Muscle Strain or Ligament Sprain?
- Sub-Acute Soft Tissue Injury Treatment
- Online Workstation Assessment