Hand and wrist fractures are very common in lacrosse, mostly occurring from direct contact with another player or from a direct blow from an opponent’s stick. Another cause of injury is falling on an outstretched arm.
A distal radius fracture, or broken wrist, involves breaking the larger of two bones in your forearm. An x-ray will confirm a break. Stable fractures usually require immobilization in a cast, whereas unstable fractures may require surgery. Return to sport relies on adequate healing, which usually takes around 6-8 weeks. Appropriate rehab including management of pain, swelling, and incorporating stretching and strengthening exercises for the hand and muscles that cross the wrist is crucial to decrease risk of re-injury. In order to fully resume athletic activity, it is important for the doctor to perform an x-ray to ensure proper healing of the fracture. When returning to lacrosse a well-fitted and formed protective cast can both protect the fracture and allow for safe handling of the lacrosse stick.