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A 18-year-old female asked:

I have a bad wrist injury from falling a couple days ago and smashing it accidentally on ice. it damaged my whole arm. help?

3 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Mark Ciaglia
Hand Surgery 18 years experience
Get an exam: Falls onto your arm can damage several structures. Bones can be fractured... Good x-rays can diagnose those. In addition, ligaments can get sprained or torn. Seeing a good physician and having a through exam and diagnostics is appropriate. Missed hand injuries like scaphoid fractures, hammate fractures and torn sl ligaments can lead to long term complications if not diagnosed and treated early.
Dr. Daniel Mass
Orthopedic Surgery 47 years experience
Go to the ER: If you have injuried your arm that badly you should go to an emergency room.
Dr. Jason Torrente
Family Medicine 23 years experience
Go see doctor: If you fell down and contused your wrist, you may need a x-ray to see if there is any acute bony injuries that might need further treatment, such as bracing, splinting or casting.
Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 53 years experience
Would certainly get X-rays of wrist, but also pay attention to elbow and shoulder areas, base on your description.
Apr 4, 2014

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