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Is my wrist fractured? How would I know?

Is my wrist fractured? How would I know?

Pain and examination: To accurately diagnose a wrist fracture, it should be examined by an appropriate physician (orthopaedic surgeon and/or hand surgeon) and xrays need to be obtained and reviewed. ...Read more

Dr. John Landi
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Fracture (Definition)

A fracture is a broken bone. As there is cartilage at the end of many bones at the joint, a fracture may also include a break in the cartilage. Fractures and broken bones are the same thing. It seems that many believe that a "fracture" is a lesser injury or an incomplete break in the bone, but this is not correct. Fractures may be displaced or ...Read more


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Could wrist fractures ever not swell?

Could wrist fractures ever not swell?

Wrist fracture: Could occur with a nondisplaced her hairline injury that doesn't swell much but still is important to be treated especially if it's a scaphoid fracture or intra-articular fracture of the radius with the step off in the joint surface x-rays and proper evaluation always are important ...Read more

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How do I tell if my wrist fractured or just bruised?

How do I tell if my wrist fractured or just bruised?

Deformity: Deformity and loss of function will indicate fracture. Simple xray will clarify. ...Read more

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How do wrist fractures occur in people with osteoporosis?

How do wrist fractures occur in people with osteoporosis?

With less energy: It takes less energy from falls to cause a wrist fracture in an osteoporotic person. Also, the fractures can be more "smashed" into pieces with ostoeporosis. ...Read more

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I got a wrist fractured a T shaped plate was planted in my hand 6 7 months ago its recovered now iam having some issues at my gym while my exercise.

I got a wrist fractured a T shaped plate was planted in my hand 6 7 months ago its recovered now iam having some issues at my gym while my exercise.

What are your issues: Not sure what your problems are, but generally after surgery for wrist fractures there is some loss of motion of that wrist. This should get better with time but may take over a year to get better on its own. You should check with your surgeon to be sure everything is going ok and they may send you to see a therapist to help you get back to the gym without pain. ...Read more

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What are the symptomsof a wrist fracture?

What are the symptomsof a wrist fracture?

Pain limited motion: Pain, swelling, inability to grip or hold things, numbness, brusiing, inability to make a fist. Get an xray and get evalauted. ...Read more

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70 yr old man had an accident wrist fractured but now its fine but I cant completely close right wrist. What's the reason for this?

Depends: The bones that can fracture in the wrist can change the alignment of the joint forever. Talk to your surgeon about hand therapy or further surgical care, if appropriate. Preventing the next fall is also an important concern - a Rehabilitation referral can help with gait. ...Read more

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Will thumb/wrist fractures always casted?

Usually: Casts can't be removed. A reliable patient can sometimes be treated with a removable brace. ...Read more

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Do thumb/wrist fractures always need to be casted?

Do thumb/wrist fractures always need to be casted?

Thumb or wrist: Injuries do not all need to be casted some are treated with a removable splint for a part-time spot and depending upon the degree of injury the age of the injury the age of the patient the stability of the fracture and other factors that come into play. And orthopedic surgeon or hand surgeon spend years figuring out what to treat and how to do it ...Read more

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What are the indications that I have a hairline wrist fracture?

What are the indications that I have a hairline wrist fracture?

Wrist fracture: Localized pain at the wrist, following a traumatic incident, as well as imaging studies showing a nondisplaced fracture, are the best signs of a hairline wrist fracture. Ct or MRI should well document a hairline fracture. ...Read more

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Common wrist fracture. How long to heal?

Common wrist fracture. How long to heal?

Wrist fracture: Takes 6-8 weeks for most. A nondisplaced hairline fracture can take less and a scaphoid can take longer. After a fracture it still may take a month or two to fell less swollen and stiff even when radiologicallt healed. Overall I tell most that it is a 3-4 month process. ...Read more

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Do I have to have a case for a wrist fracture?

Do I have to have a case for a wrist fracture?

Usually: Depending on the severity of the fracture and which bones are involved, the wrist does better with immobilization to help it heal. ...Read more

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How do you know when you have a wrist fracture?

How do you know when you have a wrist fracture?

Pain is a warning: Although the deformity helps the diagnosis it may not be evident. You can have an occult fracture where no deformiy or x-ray is initally present. You can also have a stress fracture which is an overuse injury. If there is local pain and swelling I would consider it broken until repeat x-rays are done in 2-3 weeks. ...Read more

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How much time will a wrist fracture take to heal?

Depends: Most wrist fractures take 6-8 but some as scaphoid fractures take 4-5 months. ...Read more

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How long does it take for a wrist fracture to heal?

How long does it take for a wrist fracture to heal?

8 weeks: In general, wrist fractures take about 6-8 weeks to heal. Most patients are allowed to resume full unrestricted activity after 3 months. However, not all wrist fractures are the same. More severe ones will take longer to heal, and patients with other medical conditions or who have poor bone density, may take longer as well. ...Read more

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How does one tell what a wrist fracture feels like?

How does one tell what a wrist fracture feels like?

Painful: Like any significant fracture, there is associated pain, and difficulty using the affecting area. Movement at the wrist, and use of the corresponding hand are typically very difficult with a fracture. ...Read more

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How much should it cost to repair a wrist fracture?

Wrist fracture: The cost depends on the type of surgey required. The cheapest will be just a reduction of the fracture and application of splint/cast in an office setting. This may cost under $1000. However if pins or plates are required with a hospitalization the cost can run much higher. The best idea is to discuss with your surgeon and the billing office. ...Read more

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How long will it take for a wrist fracture to heal?

How long will it take for a wrist fracture to heal?

Fracture: Varies depending on severity of fracture, displacement, age of patient, smoking status, etc. In general, most fractures that are minimally displaced will heal in 6-8 wks. Most displaced fractures can take longer and may not heal at all. Surgery may be needed to approximate the ends of the bone if widely separated. ...Read more

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How long is the recovery time after a wrist fracture?

Different degrees: A wrist fracture take a different amount of time to heal however a good general rule for most wrist fractures that need treatment either casting or surgery is that it's a 3 to 4 month process of healing and feeling better; say it takes a year before the wrist feels more normal obviously The type of fracture the degree of injury and ones general health affects all ...Read more

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How long will a compound wrist fracture take to heal?

How long will a compound wrist fracture take to heal?

5-7+ weeks: The location and character of the fracture makes a difference how long a wrist fracture will heal.

Typically it takes 5-7 weeks, but compound fractures have more soft tissue injury which will sometimes delay the healing outside of this time frame. ...Read more

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What's the fastest way to heal a minor wrist fracture?

Wrist brace: Usually an over the counter wrist inmobilizer should suffice, need to have certain degree of stiffness is recomended. ...Read more

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How long does it take for wrist fracture pain to go away?

About Six Weeks: A bone heals in six weeks in most cases. After this point, there can be pain from a stiff wrist joint (different from the pain of the break itself). Sometimes physical therapy will help with pain and stiffness after a wrist fracture. ...Read more

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Help please? How long will a wrist fracture take to heal?

Help please? How long will a wrist fracture take to heal?

Wrist fractures: Can heal bar ably depending upon which bone, how severe the injury and the health, age and associated condition of the region. A scaphoid can take 2-3 months but a radius only a few weeks to 8 weeks as a general response. ...Read more

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How long will it take for wrist fracture pain to go away?

Varies: 85% of wrist fractures have decreased motion and / or pain after this kind of fracture. (specifically colles fractures)12 18 months is not unheard of. ...Read more

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How long does a double wrist fracture generally take to heal?

About 8 weeks...: Most "wrist fractures" involve a break of both of the forearm bones at the wrist; usually only one of the two (the radius bone) is serious, however, and needs directed cast/surgery treatment. Each situation is very specific to the injury and patient and this question is important to discuss with your doctor. ...Read more

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Can you give me some suggestions for a colles wrist fracture?

Depends on severity: A colles fracture can be displaced, mildly displaced, or non-displaced. If non-displaced, a cast is appropriate. If displaced, I would usually recommend surgery. If mildly displaced, it depends on the severity and the patients physical demands, etc. ...Read more

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What are the possible outcomes for an untreated wrist fracture?

What are the possible outcomes for an untreated wrist fracture?

Deformity & Pain: If the wrist fracture was not treated and was displaced most of the time will heal but in deform way that cause malfunction of the wrist joint and lead to traumatic arthritis, which lead to permanent pain. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how long to wait until I know I have a wrist fracture?

I'm not sure I understand: The specifics of this question but I can tell you that there are some wrist fractures that may not show up right away such as in the scaphoid and other carpal bones and some nondisplaced fractures may only show up on a certain view not others and sometimes we wait a few days to feel weeks and take repeat x-rays to see if the fracture shows up there other times advanced imaging issues such as a cat scan or mri. ...Read more

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After a wrist fracture and disclocation will I ever recover my flexibility.?

Unfortunately, no: True fracture dislocations of the wrist severely damage many ligaments. Ligaments will heal with scar tissue that is not as mobile as the original ligaments. But, you can get the best motion possible by doing therapy and exercises. Follow your hand therapist's advice. ...Read more

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How long does is take to heal after a plate following a wrist fracture is removed.?

4-6 weeks: If the fracture is fully healed I would suggest
waiting about 4-6 weeks before resuming
sports to allow for the stresses to respond and allow the screw holes to fill in. ...Read more

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For how long does a double wrist fracture take to mend/ repair & how does the pain last?

Double?: If u mean u broke both your wrists by 'double' then that is unfortunate but still take 8 weeks or so for both wrists to heal. See an experienced ors. Good luck! ...Read more

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What differences arise in life of the person before and after the wrist fracture. I'm very worried about this bcz I'm so young now only 22 years old.

Arthritis stiffness: More complex fractures carry the risk of stiffness, arthritis, loss of function and pain. It really depends upon type of fracture and how it healed. ...Read more