All broken bones are considered fractures. For more information, see Overview of Broken Bones.
Your wrist joint is where the 2 long bones in your forearm meet the 8 small bones at the base of your hand. A break in any of these bones can be considered a broken wrist. But doctors usually say "broken wrist" when you've:
This kind of broken wrist is a very common injury. Breaks in the small wrist bones are less common.
See a doctor right away if you think you have a broken wrist.
Give you pain medicine
Move your bones back into place
Have you wear a cast for several weeks
Sometimes, do surgery to put your broken bones back together and keep them in place
Sometimes, use a metal plate or external fixator (a metal frame outside your body with long screws that connect to your bones) so your bones stay in place while they heal
After the broken bone heals, your wrist will be stiff. You'll need to do rehab exercises to loosen it up and get your strength back.