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how to tell if you sprained your wrist

A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ahimsa porter Sumchai md
Specializes in Sports Medicine
Wrist Pain: You may not be able to tell the difference between a wrist sprain or fracture in the immediate aftermath of a FOSH-fall on outstretched hand injury wi ... Read More

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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Wint
34 years experience Hand Surgery
Pain swelling: Rest ice compression and elevation are hallmarks of initial treatment but however don't think "sprain" just because someone said you didn't fracture. ... Read More
A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jason Rudolph
27 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Xray: Pain just in the area of the wrist joint could be a sprain. Pain directly on a bone usually means a fracture. The best way to decipher between the t ... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Wint
34 years experience Hand Surgery
A simple splint: From over the counter may be useful still. However the term sprain has many meanings, and is used to mean "negative" xrays by many but there can be a ... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marc Dehart
32 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Fracture vs sprain: Best way is with an xray.
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Wint
34 years experience Hand Surgery
An exam followed by : An appropriately selected xray is a good start. The wrist is complex and "sprains" arent necessarily treated all the same as the injury can be mild o ... Read More
A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Daniel Mass
45 years experience Hand Surgery
A good examination: You need an examination by a hand surgeon. Wear a splint until you can be seen.
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Murdock
52 years experience Radiation Oncology
X-ray necessary: Both can be very painfull and movement can aggravate the pain with both. An x-ray is needed to differentiate betwen the two.
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Michalski
35 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Wrist: Xray, good history that describes the mechanism of injury with the amount of energy involved, good physical exam by an er doc/orthopedic surgeon.
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Sherer
36 years experience Anesthesiology
Many: Pain, swelling, limited motion, tenderness, discoloration are all aigns and symptoms. See an orthopedic surgeon.
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