Wrist fracture

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A wrist fracture requires a full cast or a half cast. Read about broken wrists, treatment, follow up appointments and recovery which can take up to a year.

Key points

  • Your child needs a half or full cast to heal a fractured or broken wrist.
  • A half cast can be removed at home after about three weeks.
  • A full cast will likely not be removed for at least six weeks.
  • You child will need to avoid high-impact activities after the cast is removed.
  • Your child's wrist may need a year to fully recover strength and movement.
Last updated: November 10th 2009