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Dr. Alan Wartenberg
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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?

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

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Dr. Andrew DeGruccio
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How can you tell if your broken wrist never healed properly?

How can you tell if your broken wrist never healed properly?

Simple answer: X-rays and/ or ct scan. If you still have pain, deformity, or loss of function, then radiographic imaging can determine healing, in regard to bony union and alignment. ...Read more

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Dr. Arnold Beresh
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Dr. David Sherer
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I was just wondering how can you tell if your wrist or arm is sprained?

I was just wondering how can you tell if your wrist or arm is sprained?

Many: Pain, swelling, limited motion, tenderness, discoloration are all aigns and symptoms. See an orthopedic surgeon. ...Read more

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Dr. Jack Choueka
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How could I tell if my wrist is broken?

How could I tell if my wrist is broken?

X-ray: Some people think that if you can move a joint there is no break. This is untrue and an x-ray is the best way to diagnose a fracture. ...Read more

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Dr. Jack Choueka
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How can you tell if wrist is broken?

How can you tell if wrist is broken?

An x-ray: The best way to diagnose a fracture of the wrist or of any bone is with an x-ray. An orthopedic surgeon or hand surgeon is needed if fracture exists. ...Read more

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Dr. Kenneth Murdock
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How to tell if my wrist is broken?

An x-ay is needed: The small bones in the wrist can be particularly difficult to see if a fracture is present. A follow uop x-ray or even an MRI may be needed if the inital x-rays are non-revealing. ...Read more

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Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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Please tell me, could a broken wrist heal in 3 weeks?

Please tell me, could a broken wrist heal in 3 weeks?

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

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Dr. Natalie Sieb
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How to tell the difference between a broken wrist and a sprung wrist?

How to tell the difference between a broken wrist and a sprung wrist?

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

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Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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Can someone tell me how long will a broken wrist take to heal?

Can someone tell me how long will a broken wrist take to heal?

4-8 weeks as : There is a wide range from a nondisplaced hairline fracture to a severely fragmented fracture . When fractures are fixed operatively we also will often get the wrist out of a cast sooner . Much depends upon the severity of the injury. ...Read more

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