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Casting for Wrist Fractures

Helping heal wrist fractures with the highest level of orthopaedic care.

A wrist fracture is commonly caused by a fall onto an outstretched arm. Individuals with osteoporosis are particularly susceptible to this type of fracture, as well as children and adolescents who participate in sports.

Casting for wrist fractures is used to enable the bones to heal properly. In cases when the wrist bone cannot be corrected or kept corrected in a wrist fracture cast, surgery is the best treatment option. A cast is then used post-surgery to facilitate healing.

Wrist fracture casts are typically below the elbow and are worn from four to six weeks or until healing is complete. After a cast is removed, a brace may be recommended for several additional weeks.

Combining Innovative Techniques and Proven Traditional Methods

At NYU Winthrop, the Department of Orthopedics is committed to providing the specialized care in evaluating and treating wrist fractures.