Treatment Orthopedics

Hand and Wrist Fractures

Your doctor will put your broken bone back into place, usually without surgery. You'll get a splint or cast to hold your finger or wrist straight and protect it from further injury while it heals. Some bones — such as the scaphoid in the wrist — do not readily heal without surgery. Others — such as the distal radius in the outermost part of forearm — commonly require bone alignment with arthroscopic imaging using a flexible viewing tube inserted in the joint or radiographic imaging, and stabilizing with special bone screws, plates, pins or other devices.

UCSF Health medical specialists have reviewed this information. It is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace the advice of your doctor or other health care provider. We encourage you to discuss any questions or concerns you may have with your provider.

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