It is standard treatment to receive physical therapy for a distal radius fracture — whether you wear a cast or receive surgery. This is because it is considered critical to
• gently get your wrist joint moving comfortably again
• prevent stiffness in your fingers, elbow and shoulder
• ease you back into normal activities
Most patients regain most of their movement if they follow a physical therapy program and aftercare instructions from their doctor. Permanent pain is unlikely, and you can expect to return to normal recreation and work activities.
Generally, intra-articular fractures, which can result in stiffness, pain and a risk of developing arthritis, are the most limiting. For these cases in particular, physical therapy can provide the most significant improvement in rehabilitation after a distal radius fracture.
While active contact sports should be postponed for approximately four months, we can design an individual program that includes functional activities such as bike riding and swimming. By following a carefully designed physical therapy program, you can expect to recover from a distal radius fracture.