Hand and Wrist Fractures

Scaphoid fractures and other hand and wrist breaks

Hand and wrist fractures occur when one or more of the bones in your wrist or hand, such as the scaphoid, are broken. A wrist fracture can also occur in the form of a distal radius fracture which is where the forearm bone breaks close to the wrist joint.


Hand and wrist fractures commonly occur when people try to catch themselves during a fall and instead land on their outstretched hands. Hand and wrist fractures are also common in sports such as skating or snowboarding. People with osteoporosis are also at risk of these fractures.

Symptoms of a hand or wrist fracture

Hand and wrist fractures often have the following symptoms:


  • Severe pain that gets worse when gripping or squeezing
  • Bruising and swelling
  • Tenderness
  • Numbness
  • Stiffness or the inability to move your fingers or thumb
  • Obvious deformity such as a wrist or finger sitting at a crooked angle

Therapist Holly Johnson discusses wrist fractures and how online video consultations (Telehealth) can be used in the recovery process.

Assessment of a hand or wrist fracture

A typical assessment for a hand or wrist fracture will include:


  • A careful examination of the area
  • A conversation about what activity you were doing when the fracture occured
  • An assessment of your hand and wrist mobility
  • A possible x-ray

Treatment for a hand or wrist fracture

Hand and wrist fractures require immediate treatment to ensure that the bones heal in the proper alignment. Depending on your individual needs, your treatment may include:


  • A customised splint
  • Immobilisation of the affected area
  • A discussion about wearing preventative sporting gear

What’s next?

If you believe you may have a hand or wrist fracture, consult one of our hand therapy practitioners today.


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