How is a wrist fracture treated in children?

Dr. Rachel S. Rohde, MD
Orthopedic Surgeon

Treatment varies based on the characteristics of the fracture and the age of the child. The younger the child, the more growth s/he has left, and the more likely s/he is to "remodel" the bone. If there is significant displacement or angulation of the break, it might need to be "reduced," or put back into place. Most wrist fractures in children can be treated by casting and close follow-up by an orthopaedic surgeon. Sometimes, surgery involving placement of pins, screws, plates or any combination of these is needed to stabilize the fracture.

A broken wrist, or wrist fracture, in a child is generally treated with casting. In some situations, a wrist brace may also be an appropriate treatment. Depending on the severity, your child may be in a cast or brace for approximately three to six weeks.

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