Santa Clara, CA
A 49-year-old female asked:
What would be typical symptoms of lfcc injury to wrist. could it heal on its own ? i had a bad fall landing on pinky side of wrist. still in so much pain 4 weeks later xrays says no fracture but still so painful and swollen?
2 doctor answers • 2 doctors weighed in
Cardiology 51 years experience
Sometimes a hairline fracture is missed on X-rays. If pain persists, other tests (including MRI and bone scan) can determine if a fracture was missed. Tapping on the fractured bone can help confirm a fracture; it would be painful. It's best to see an orthopedic surgeon for this.
Answered May 30, 2021
Internal Medicine 61 years experience
Pain and instability of the wrist are classic symptoms of TFCC injury. I feel an MRI of your wrist would be the next study especially in view of associated swelling and the negative X-Ray.. Your orthopedic surgeon or hand specialist can advise you best,however.
Reviewed May 31, 2021
Last updated Jul 3, 2021
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