Advances in the use of volar plating for the treatment of distal radius fractures allow for early ROM 7 to 10 days postoperatively in stable functions, whereas mobilization following closed treatment in a cast typically begins after immobilization lasting up to 6 weeks.
When should I start physical therapy after wrist fracture?
Weeks 3-8: After the initial recovery period, you may work with a physical therapist to learn exercises that may help increase range of motion, build strength, improve flexibility, and reduce scarring. In most cases, physical therapy needs to wait until your cast is removed—typically around the six-week mark.
When can I go back to work after a distal radius fracture?
The wrist and arm should be functional for most activity by 8 to 10 weeks after surgery. After about 3 to 6 months, most patients can resume heavier wrist or arm activity and sports.