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Dr. Peter Ihle
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Sprains And Strains (Definition)

-R used interchangeably. They refer 2 injuries 2 mucles & ligaments. 3 degrees: 1=tweaked or hurts but no harm no foul, 2=damage 2 the structure with some bleeding & prolonged pain,but with ice, time , rest,& activity modification they heal over a few weeks,3=a complete disruption such as an ACL tear. If this happens in a muscle body, there's no repair available, painful, ...Read more


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What are some ways to tell if i sprained my wrist?

What are some ways to tell if i sprained my wrist?

Pain swelling: Rest ice compression and elevation are hallmarks of initial treatment but however don't think "sprain" just because someone said you didn't fracture. There are many sprains that are severe and need treatment, just as there are small tiny injuries. There are also fractures that are not seen on initial films. X-rays may reveal malignant without fracture, MRI showed ligament relationships. ...Read more

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How do I wrap a sprained wrist?

How do I wrap a sprained wrist?

Use an OTC splint: The easiest way to treat and protect a sprained wrist is to try an over-the-counter (otc) splint. They are easy to apply and remove for personal care. An ace wrap is another option, but needs to be applied appropriately to adequately protect your wrist. Otc splints can be a simple neoprene compressive sleeve are incorporate a hardened splint to hold the wrist in a safe position. ...Read more

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How can I break a sprained wrist?

How can I break a sprained wrist?

Too much force: Sometimes injured areas are weak and may be more susceptible to further injury if there is a degree of weakness. An external force applied onto or around the injured site may cause further more serious damage. Have the sprain treated appropriately to avoid further damage. ...Read more

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Can I type with a sprained wrist ?

Yes: Typing with a sprained wrist will be a bit slower but can be done. It is helpful to wear a wrist splint and to take frequest breaks. If it makes the pain worse then stop typing and seek treatment. ...Read more

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How many days to heal sprain wrist?

How many days to heal sprain wrist?

Sprain: That depends on what is sprained and the severity of injury. Minor sprain can be a few weeks. More severe injury can be months -- or never as may need surgery to fix. Check with your doctor for an evaluation to make sure. ...Read more

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How long does a sprained wrist heal?

How long does a sprained wrist heal?

Sprain: That depends on what is sprained and the severity of injury. Minor sprain can be a few weeks. More severe injury can be months -- or never as may need surgery to fix (tfcc tears, scapholunate tears, etc). ...Read more

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How long will a sprained wrist heal?

How long will a sprained wrist heal?

4-6 weeks: If it isn't better within a few weeks it is probably not just a sprain. Navicular fractures may appear to be a sprain but in reality is a serious injury. If it isn't better after a few weeks, please get an x-ray. ...Read more

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How do I know if i sprained my wrist?

Xray: Pain just in the area of the wrist joint could be a sprain. Pain directly on a bone usually means a fracture. The best way to decipher between the two is to get an xray and see your orthopaedic surgeon. ...Read more

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How should you treat a sprained wrist?

How should you treat a sprained wrist?

Wrist sprain: Rest , ice, compression and elevation. Brace for support and compression . Ice and elevation to treat pain and swelling. If not improved overnight seek medical care. ...Read more

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Sprained wrist for almost a month now?

Sprained wrist for almost a month now?

See a hand surgeon: if the wrist still hurts after a month you might have torn a ligament. You need a X-ray with grip view, a good exam and probe an MRI. ...Read more

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What are the signs of a sprained wrist?

What are the signs of a sprained wrist?

Wrist sprain: A wrist sprain is an injury to the ligaments of thr bones of the wrist. These bone are the distal most parts of the radius and or ulna and the 8 carpal bones. The carpal bones are the scaphoid, lunate triquetrum, pisiform ( which is a sesamoid bone) trapezium, trapezoid, capitate and hamate. And are attached by ligaments to each other, similar to a fracture there is pain swelling and stiffness. ...Read more

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What should I wear on a sprained wrist?

What should I wear on a sprained wrist?

A simple: Over the counter splint may be useful. However the term sprain has many meanings, and is used to mean "negative" xrays by many but there can be a fracture not seen, a ligament injury, tendonitis, joint pain, carticlage tears , tendon injury and a whole lot of things thrown into the non fracture "sprain " category so if you are not better...... Get seen. ...Read more

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In what way can I help my sprained wrist?

In what way can I help my sprained wrist?

A simple: Over the counter splint may be useful. However the term sprain has many meanings, and is used to mean "negative" xrays by many but there can be a fracture not seen, a ligament injury, tendonitis, joint pain, carticlage tears , tendon injury and a whole lot of things thrown into the non fracture "sprain " category so if you are not better...... Get seen. ...Read more

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What do I do if i think i sprained my wrist?

What do I do if i think i sprained my wrist?

R.I.C.E.: This is the recommended treatment for sprains/strains the first 3 days. Rice: rest, ice, compression & elevation. Give it a rest. Ice at least 30 min. 3-4 times a day, never directly on skin, in plastic bag over a towel or clothing. Compression, wrap with an ace bandage, not too tight. Elevation, prop it up on pillows, to raise it above the level of the heart. If symptoms persist, see a doctor. ...Read more

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How long does a sprained wrist take to heal?

How long does a sprained wrist take to heal?

A wrist sprain can : Mild or subtle or can represent a fairly significant injury. So there is nothing as "just a sprain" just because an initial x-ray s is read as negative. So if persistent pain you need a proper exam and a treatment plan. Depending upon what type of injury healing , who you are and what you do times vary. ...Read more

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What can I use at home for a sprained wrist?

What can I use at home for a sprained wrist?

Ice to cool it, pain: meds like Aleve (naproxen) or Ibuprofen, a splint to immobilize it would also be helpful. It should improve in about 7-10 days.
If not then you should seek help of your PCP or an Orthopod.
Good luck. ...Read more

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How long until a sprained wrist fully heals?

How long until a sprained wrist fully heals?

Highly variable : But it can take quite awhile
try plastic wrap at bed time
this is an old horse trainer trick which occasionally helps alot. ...Read more

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How long does a sprained wrist take to heal?

How long does a sprained wrist take to heal?

Varies: If it truly a simple sprain, should be resolved by 7-14 days. Just be careful, even serious injuries will start to feel better over time, but that does not mean they don't need further care. A scaphoid fracture is a good example in which people can injure their wrist and believe it is a simple sprain, but if it is not taken care of correctly may need multiple surgeries. ...Read more

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Dr. Payam Rafat
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Sprain (Definition)

A sprain is a medical term that describes an injury to soft tissue structures in the area. Common examples are a lumbar sprain, in which you might injure muscles in your back; or an ankle sprain in which you could injure ligaments about the ankle. Sprains can be from mild to severe, and so ...Read more