Looking after your fractured wrist

Cork Emergency, Physiotherapy and Orthopaedic Departments


You will be in back-slab or cast for 4 - 6 weeks.

To maximise your recovery and help prevent complications, please note the following advice..........

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Keep moving

Keep moving

Raise your hand above your head, make a full fist and straighten fingers as shown in photos:

  • Make a circular motion with your thumb
  • Try and touch your thumb to all your fingers
  • Remember at rest (e.g. watching TV) try and keep your hand above heart level as much as possible
Keep using

Keep Using

  • When dressing put your injured arm into sleeve first
  • when undressing take injured arm out last
  • Try not to ignore your injured hand; using the hand will prevent muscle weakness

Stop smoking

  • Smoking delays bone healing and can increse the risk of infection.
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Control your pain

  • It is important to manage your pain to allow you to exercise and sleep.
  • You can get advice on pain control from your doctor or pharmacist.
Healthy diet

Maintain a healthy diet

  • Increase your intake of Vitamin C in your diet
    • e.g. eat 5 pieces of fruit or veg a day
    • Recommended dose—500mg daily

If the following occurs...

Call us
  • Pain increases
  • Fingers swell-up
  • You can’t do your exercises
  • The cast feels too tight
  • Persistent pins & needles
  • You can’t use your hand in light activities

Please contact the hospital where your cast was applied.

Useful numbers / websites

Plaster Technician in CUH: 021 4546400 / ext 22445


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If you are concerned, please contact the Emergency Department you first attended: MUH (021) 4271971 M-UCC at SMHC (St. Mary’s Health Campus) (021) 4926900 CUH (021) 4922000 LIU Mallow General Hospital (022) 58506 Bantry General Hospital (027) 52900

Dr Íomhar O' Sullivan 07/04/2007. Last review Dr. ÍOS, Aileen Wood (Senior Physiotherapist in Plastics with a Special Interest in Hands) - 23/01/17. Many thanks to Cork CRPS Forum for the patient information leaflet.