I had a distal radius fracture; it was not dislocated and was in a cast for 29 days. Cast was removed yesterday and I was given a velcro splint, which I can adjust for tighter or looser fit, and I can remove it.
I'm not clear on the wrist healing process. Web sites routinely discuss a cast for six weeks, then a splint. But my orthopedic Dr. said I'm allowed to do anything I want as long as it doesn't hurt. He was OK with some gardening, including digging with a pick and shovel if I could manage that with the splint on. He has me scheduled for physical therapy in a week. When I suggested waiting for two weeks he said OK but it would just make full motion recovery take longer.
I have not found, on the web, any discussion of what the splint is for, how to use it and how active I can be this soon after the cast.
Thanks for any advice.
I wrote the original post and have had no responses of any kind. My wrist is healed and I am moving on.