Distal radius fractures generally take about 6 weeks for the bone to heal. But there is a wide range in severity of these injuries and it can take several months for the soft tissues to heal and to regain motion, strength and function. Pain is usually managed with keeping the hand elevated, ice, over-the-counter medications such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen. Occasionally, stronger prescription opioid medications may be prescribed for a few days following the injury or surgery. How much use of the hand is permitted depends on the severity of the injury. Initially, the cast or surgical splint must be kept clean and dry with a bag over it while showering. Washing the hand is often allowed when the cast or surgical splint is removed. After 6 weeks if the wrist is healing appropriately, therapy is often started and activities and use of the hand and wrist can be gradually advanced as tolerated.