Question - Broken Wrist Pain

by Debbie
(Toronto, ON Canada)

I broke my wrist 2 weeks ago. I was wondering when the pain will go away. It is still quite sore; in a cast until April 28.

Answer - Bart@SII

Sorry to hear about your wrist. Pain after a wrist fracture can vary significantly for everyone. Most of the time after the first 2-3 weeks it starts to feel better, but you may have some soreness for several weeks after your injury.

Which bones did you break?

If you are having severe pain, you should talk with your doctor. Mild to occasionally moderate pain is not uncommon, but it should continue to improve every day. I would also recommend talking to your doctor about what type of medication you can use to help decrease your pain. Tylenol or ibuprofen may help, but again, discuss this with your doctor.

Hope this helps - keep us posted on how you progress, and comment back with any other questions.

Comments for Question - Broken Wrist Pain

Average Rating starstarstarstarstar

Click here to add your own comments

Jun 22, 2009
would like feedback
by: Lynda

Hi I broke my wrist 6 weeks ago. I am still in alot of pain. This is my 4th cast ( my 1st half
cast ) I have non stop pain. I cant sleep at nite and I can't raise my arm up above my head and I have terrible pain when I try to move my arm .I think I am losing muscle loss.What can I expect? And also I am 55 years old and am menposal.

Thank you, stressed

Jul 25, 2009
wrist pain
by: Anonymous

i shattered my wrist 7 weeks ago. i am in my 3 rd cast, have had 2 closed reductions and k wires inserted. it still hurts,

Oct 13, 2010
broken wrist
by: Ripsurf

i broke my wrist 2 weeks ago and had closed reduction and a k wire and the pain started to go away but when i returned to school and i moved it a lot more it started to hurt again i am wondering if i have re fractured it and it is im porotant i dont i am missing heaps of surfing cricket football etc and i cant go through the pain inside again

Oct 13, 2010
broken wrist
by: Ripsurf

i broke my wrist 2 weeks ago and had closed reduction and a k wire and the pain started to go away but when i returned to school and i moved it a lot more it started to hurt again i am wondering if i have re fractured it and it is im porotant i dont i am missing heaps of surfing cricket football etc and i cant go through the pain inside again

Apr 01, 2011
broken wrist pain
by: daisy

i broke my wrist in november had k wires fitted they were removed in december and ive bin having physio ever since and im still in pain.just want my life[back now ive had enough.

Apr 01, 2011
broken wrist pain
by: daisy

i broke my wrist in november had k wires fitted they were removed in december and ive bin having physio ever since and im still in pain.just want my life[back now ive had enough.

Aug 01, 2011
Broken wrist
by: Anonymous

Broke my wrist 2years ago,through a very hard fall.on the wknd I feel again but as I did not have swelling thought the pain would get better.I've got severe pain lots of numbness and pain on top of wrist.went to hospital and have put me in a half cast as estate show to much swelling.can it be broken again.

Jan 30, 2015
Thanks NEW
by: Punni

Well, the pain will be there for quite a good time as you have broken the delicate joint. And if you still find it so difficult to cope up, do consult the doctor. It may be due to the issues with the casting. Medical transcription companies

Jan 30, 2015
Update-5 years on NEW
by: Ripsurf

Wow, I remember how anxious and depressed I was 5 years ago writing the above post. Reading these comments, I can share all your pain and want any readers out there reading this and going through the pain to know it will get better no matter how impossible it seems now :)

5 years on I still have the scar on my left wrist as a reminder to never put myself or my family through that again. You will recover, stay strong guys. Ripsurf.

Feb 08, 2015
Bilateral Colles fracture (broken wrists) NEW
by: PaulM

Bilateral Colles fracture 3 years ago, age 61. At this point, very minor stiffness, no pain. Initially I was scared the pain would never go away and had intermittent pain and fatigue for 2 years.
Mistakes I made...
My right arm had muscle/ligament damage and swelling which caused a great deal of pain and little sleep for a couple months, thought it was normal. If it were to happen with my present knowledge I would addressed the pain issue with the doctors; believe much of the pain was due to the casts being a bit tight. Also I would have discussed the use of a removable cast as early as possible. A removable cast would relieve some of the pain and allowed light exercise.

Mar 31, 2015
education NEW
by: niikjuio

This review is extremely useful to students accumulated some article support details about writing college essays. Such a essay writing articles are extremely impressive in order to viewers. My partner and I obtained some article writing stuff with this writing college essays. Thank you pertaining to sharing your notions.

Jul 12, 2015
Colles fractures NEW
by: Paul Meiners

Been 2 1/2 years since I had bilateral Colles fractures. Only in the last few months has the stiffness subsided. Not complaining, just realize it may take a long time to completely heal. Totally grateful I have full use my hands again.


Dec 04, 2015
Surgery and hardware NEW
by: Paul Meiners

Just broke my ulna 27 days ago. Had surgery with hardware fixation 20 days ago, just had the splint removed day 20; 5 hours of pain total other then small pain due to the splint. What a difference between a cast solution vs hardware. Have very little mobility loss at this point, bit stiff but the splint was only removed 2 hours ago. Hardware is the way to go.
I wish I could have argued for surgery and hardware when I had the bi-lateral COLLES fractures. Recovery would have been much sooner, bet you rehab would have been almost un-needed,and both hands would have mobility as before; as is my right had has a small loss by casting. Rehab took 3 month due to casting with another 2 years of muscle recovery/stiffness; with hardware fixation I believe I would have had little of this.

Mar 18, 2016
Surgery and hardware NEW
by: Paul Meiners

It is now March 18th, my arm is 98% back to pre break (with a decent amount of exercise), I expect 99% or better restore. For the young set, your recovery time would likely be half of mine.
Can't say enough for surgery/plate. If I had only known the results when I had bilateral Colles fractures I would have fought for surgery instead of casting. World of difference, so much less pain, less rehab, extremely fast recovery. With my present break rehab was not needed, (exercise was still needed).

Click here to add your own comments

Return to Sports Injury Answers - Elbow/Hand.