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How Can You Tell If Your Wrist Is Broken
Yesterday I got really drunk and woke up with a lot of injuries. Don't remember much. How can you tell if your wrist is broken?
Great deal of pain: A broken wrist is very swollen and painful - if you have concerns, go to your doctor or an urgent care and they can examine you and get films. The fact that you seem more concerned with your wrist than you are with blackout drinking concerns me that you are in a great deal of denial. You need help before it gets even worse, talk to your doctor or other health care provider, consider aa/other help. ...Read more
X-ray: Need to see an orthopedic doctor for exam and x-ray. ...Read more
Many: Pain, swelling, limited motion, tenderness, discoloration are all aigns and symptoms. See an orthopedic surgeon. ...Read more
Many different ones: Exercises that focus on gripping, wrist curls and reverse wrist curls all will help strengthen the muscles which span the wrist joint. ...Read more
Wrist 'rollers': Wrist' rollers ' are an excellent way to increase wrist and forearm strength and are commonly performed by top- flight baseball players and golfers. Do them correctly! (look them up). Best of luck! ...Read more
Trauma: You can fracture the wrist by falling on the outstretched hand, being struck on the wrist, in auto accidents and anything you can imagine that causes a blow to the wrist area. Rarely the wrist can fracture in ordinary use if the bones are thin. Wrist fracture is common in the elderly in part due to this. ...Read more
You will observe the big power lifters use straps anytime they need some extra confidence with an Olympic bar and heavy weight to be lifted (dead lift, clean and jerk, etc) off the ground.
I personally don’t like using them as they feel different from the norm and that throws off my concentration and may ensure I don’t make the lift. I also don’t like how they increase the effective bar diameter. ...Read more
Fractures: Typically are associated with significant pain, swelling, bruising, loss of function, deformity and possibly instability of the involved limb or joint. IF you think you have a fracture seek help as immediately as possible and evaluation by Xray and an orthopedic specialist. ...Read more
Wrist Pain: You may not be able to tell the difference between a wrist sprain or fracture in the immediate aftermath of a FOSH-fall on outstretched hand injury without an ER evaluation and X-ray. Wrist fractured are one of the most commonly missed injuries but if your wrist hurts because you are on a keyboard all day or work as a server, driver or hairdresser it is likely due to occupational repetitive strain ...Read more
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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Please tell me what are some good exercises to strengthen the wrists whilst minimising the risk of injury until they get stronger?
Use dumbbells: And high repetitions with light weight to start. Do it from a sitting position with your forearms in your thighs so you work only the forearm muscle groups. Do it both directions with the hands facing down and up ...Read more
Wrist fractures: Generally take 6-8 weeks to heal meaning the fracture line is "gone" however a hairline fracture in a healthy adult may feel "healed@ ie pain free and be suitable for part time splinting after 3 weeks depending upon the circumstances. Children's fractures are different as kids heal faster and buckle fractures are technically stable. Still most buckle fractured are more comfortable casted. ...Read more
Examination tendon: Based upon pain, range of motion, active vs passive findings, history of injury, and if needed studies such as X-ray, ultrasound and even MRI are all tools that a provider can use to determine of there is a tendon tear, laceration or rupture. Local pain is the first sign but pain can be remote to the region that it affects. The time from the injury to date and where it is affects possible RX ...Read more
Xray: If the bone is obviously sticking out or you can't move your wrist without severe pain, it's likely broken, however you can't really know without an Xray of the wrist. Once the xray is negative, we would consider it a sprain if there is pain and swelling over the area without evidence of fracture. ...Read more
Homemade: Take a broomstick or hockey stick cut to 2 feet drill a hole in the middle and tie a rope through the hole. Attach a weight to the end of the rope. Then twist the stick with your wrists to wrap the rope around the stick raising the weight. This will help strengthen the wrists fir both flexion and extension. ...Read more
It hurts very bad when I use my wrist, but I don't remember twisting it or anything. Can you tell me what it could be?
See your doctor: Problems like these can only be correctly handled by your doctor in person. He/she needs to listen to you, perform an examination and possibly run labs or other tests. That's the only way he/she can find out what's going on and what to do about it. ...Read more
Just wondering if someone could tell me what a microfracture is in depth, if such a thing, like if someone got one on wrist?
Small Fracture: A micro fracture sometimes refers to an injury eg a wrist when there is no visible fracture line on plain xrays but there is a finding on MRI or CT Scan indicating trauma. The treatment is basically the same as a full fracture eg casting or a fracture brace. Many times the length of time needed is less by about 30%. Stress fractures can be related to the same process. ...Read more
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