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Wrist sprain or fracture? what are sympotoms?

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Dr. Daniel Mass
Hand Surgery 46 years experience
Pain and swelling: After a fall type of injury you can injure your wrist. A fracture is a break in one of the eight small wrist bones. The thumb sided scaphoid is the most common to fracture and the most common to not heal. Any suspicion requires immobilization. A sprain is a stretch to a complete tear of the stabilizing ligaments. To miss this injury can lead to arthritis. All sprain need acute immobilization.

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A 45-year-old member asked:

How can I determine between a wrist fracture and a wrist sprain?

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Dr. Richard Makowiec
Hand Surgery 27 years experience
See a hand surgeon: An xray and a good clinical examination should easily be able to distinguish between the two.
A 35-year-old member asked:

How do I know if it is a wrist sprain or fracture?

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Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
Orthopedic Surgery 49 years experience
X-ray: Both cause pain and limited mobility, x-ray will tell us if you have fracture or not.
A 45-year-old member asked:

Can a wrist sprain be worse to recover from than a fracture?

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Dr. Jeffrey Sider
Sports Medicine 39 years experience
Sometimes: Most wrist fractures can be treated with cast immobilizaton and will typically heal in about 6 weeks. Sometimes with a sprain one can develop different types of carpal instability which can lead to long term problems like arthritic changes. Swelling and pain. So sometimes a sprain can be worse in the long run than a fracture.
A 37-year-old member asked:

How to tell difference between wrist sprain and fracture?

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Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
Orthopedic Surgery 49 years experience
X-ry and follow up: If patient have fracture on the x-ray that is very clear , if have unclear fracture when you see him in about 2 weeks you see the fracture. Of course we apply splint on him in the meanwhile.
A 44-year-old member asked:

How to determine the difference between a wrist fracture and a wrist sprain?

2 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Troy Reyna
Pediatric Surgery 44 years experience
Swelling: There is usually more swelling and defomity and pain with fracture. If pain/discomfort increases rather than getting better over time, have it checked for a fracture.

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