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Wrist Fracture in Adults

Medically reviewed by Last updated on May 6, 2024.

What is a wrist fracture?

A wrist fracture is a break in one or more of the bones in your wrist.

Wrist Fracture

What are the signs and symptoms of a wrist fracture?

How is a wrist fracture diagnosed?

Your healthcare provider will examine you. You may need an x-ray, CT scan, or MRI. You may be given contrast liquid to help your wrist bones show up better in pictures. Tell the healthcare provider if you have ever had an allergic reaction to contrast liquid. Do not enter the MRI room with anything metal. Metal can cause serious injury. Tell the healthcare provider if you have any metal in or on your body.

How is a wrist fracture treated?

Treatment will depend on which wrist bone was broken and the kind of fracture you have. You may need any of the following:

How can I manage my symptoms?

When should I seek immediate care?

When should I call my doctor?

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