It's impossible to prevent the unforeseen events that often cause a broken wrist or broken hand. But these basic tips may offer some protection.

Build bone strength

Build strong bones by:

  • Eating a nutritious diet with plenty of calcium and vitamin D
  • Taking calcium supplements, particularly if you are a woman past menopause
  • Getting plenty of weight-bearing exercise, such as brisk walking

Prevent falls. Most broken wrists occur when people fall forward onto an outstretched hand. To prevent this common injury:

  • Wear sensible shoes
  • Remove home hazards
  • Light up your living space
  • Install grab bars in your bathroom
  • Install handrails on your stairways
  • Avoid slippery surfaces, if possible, such as snow- or ice-covered walkways

Use protective gear for athletic activities

Wear wrist guards for high-risk activities, such as:

  • In-line skating
  • Snowboarding
  • Rugby
  • Football
Jul. 07, 2011