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A 29-year-old male asked:

is my wrist broken or sprained? snapped it back while lifting heavy weight. next morning, i can't flex it back but can forward, and can type w/o pain

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Dr. Bac Nguyen
Family Medicine 23 years experience
More likely sprained: If it is broken, you would be in much pain with bending forward or backward..Also, fracture typically causes quite a bit of pain immediately. Also, the mechanisim of your injury (the way it was injured) suggests a sprain. Gentle range of motion, some motrin/aleve may help. If it worsens, call doc for eval. Good luck.
Dr. Gregory Harvey
Orthopedic Surgery 38 years experience
Sprain: It may be just a sprain. It you are able to move it and there is minimal swelling a fracture is unlikely. However if it remains painful a x-ray would be a good idea.

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