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Santa Clara, CA
A 49-year-old female asked:

I fell on my outstretched hand two days ago and although there is minimal swelling the pain is unbearable sprain or fracture i know i need a x-ray but is it common to have a break but not a lot of swelling. the pain is unbearable?

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 53 years experience
You may have a wrist fracture. Get this X-rayed and find out if there is a bone problem or a torn tendon. A hand specialist needs to be seen ASAP. If the pain is unbearable, why are you delaying? Get proactive.
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Dr. Steven Brown
Hand Surgery 40 years experience
I would be concerned about wrist ligament injuries which can give rise to serious instability with associated pain and often have limited swelling of the wrist. Also scaphoid fractures which are very common can be extremely painful with limited swelling you need to seek care with a hand surgeon for evaluation
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Last updated May 30, 2021

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