In the immediate aftermath of a breakage, however, the NHS recommends implementing the following steps:
- Go to your nearest accident and emergency (A&E) department or call 999 for an ambulance if it’s a bad break – minor fractures can often be treated at a local minor injuries unit
- Avoid moving the affected arm as much as possible – it may help to support it in a sling that goes under the arm and around the neck; find out how to make an arm sling
- Stop any bleeding by applying pressure to the wound with a clean pad or dressing if possible
- Apply an ice pack (such as a bag of frozen peas wrapped in a tea towel) to the injured area if one is easily available
- Don’t eat or drink anything in case you need surgery to fix the bone when you get to hospital
“If your child has injured their arm or wrist, try to get someone else to drive so you can support and comfort them,” advised the NHS.
Recovering from a broken wrist
Your cast will need to stay on until the broken bone has healed – this usually takes a month or two, but can take longer if the break was severe, says the NHS.