How long does it take for a radius bone fracture to heal?
Most distal radius fractures take 3 months or so to heal before you are able to return to all activities, and full recovery from these injuries can take up to 1 year.
How is a broken radius bone treated?
Nonsurgical Treatment If the distal radius fracture is in a good position, a splint or cast is applied. It often serves as a final treatment until the bone heals. Usually a cast will remain on for up to six weeks. Then you will be given a removable wrist splint to wear for comfort and support.
Can a broken radius heal without surgery?
Non-surgical Treatment for Hand Fracture and Wrist Fracture Some fractures, like distal radius fractures (before the wrist), can be treated without surgery if the bone fragments are minimally displaced and remain in close connection.
How long does a broken radius hurt?
Nearly all patients experience some stiffness and ache in the wrist even after treatment. This usually subsides about a month or two after the cast is removed. In case of severe trauma, like that caused by a motorcycle crash, some residual stiffness can remain for about 2 years or even permanently.
How long does it take to recover from distal radius surgery?
Most patients take approximately three months to get most of the strength and motion back, and many need therapy during this time. Most patients recover well after the treatment of the distal radius fractures. Most are able to return to their work and recreational activities after the fracture is healed.
Can I drive with a broken wrist?
Yes and no, as there are no specific laws around driving with a broken arm or wrist, but you could get pulled over if your driving is affected by your injury.
How long is the surgery for distal radius fracture?
A distal radius ORIF is a 30-90-minute outpatient surgery that is typically performed under either general anesthesia or regional “nerve block” anesthesia. After the patient is comfortable and asleep, the procedure is performed through the following steps: An incision is made on the palm side of the forearm and wrist.
Can I work with a distal radius fracture?
Time lost from work after a distal radius fracture is highly variable. Patients who have higher job demands (hand use), are on workers compensation, report higher initial pain/disability and who present with more severe displacement have the highest lost-time.