The most commonly fractured (broken) bone of the wrist is the radius. This is the bone in the forearm that meets the wrist on the same side as the thumb. The other forearm bone is the ulna, which can also be broken. 

Diagnosis of wrist fractures 

An X-Ray will be needed and depending on the fracture pattern a CT scan might also be required. 

Treatment of wrist fractures 

Treatment may be non-operative, if the bone ends are in a good position, a plaster cast may be used to hold the broken bones in that position to allow natural healing to take place. 

Some fractures however will need an operation to

improve the position so that the wristheals in a way

that allows functional movements. 


The type of surgery will differ depending on the 

fracture but will probably involve a metal plate

and screws that are left inside. 


It is important to keep the fingers free and mobile

after these operations so that they stay flexible and

don’t get stiff. Physiotherapists can help with exercises

after these operations. 




Surrey Orthopaedic Clinic 

Hand & Wrist Fracture Specialists:

Mr Nick Masucci

Mr Dean Michael

Mr Rishi Chana

Mrs Fiona Middleton

Miss Tanaya Sarkhel

Mr Ioannis Polyzois

Mr David Elliott

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