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How Could I Tell If My Wrist Is Broken
X-ray to be sure: Unless there is an obvious deformity you may not be able to tell the difference with the naked eye. While a sprain is an injury to the ligaments of the wrist, and a fracture is damage to the bone, strains of muscles and tendons are also possible. In any case, common symptoms may be pain, limited strength/ motion, swelling, and/ or bruising. Have an x-ray to be sure! ...Read more
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See an orthopedist: You should not try to self-diagnose a wrist injury. ...Read more
An exam followed by : An appropriately selected xray is a good start. The wrist is complex and "sprains" arent necessarily treated all the same as the injury can be mild or complex/ even with a negative x-ray. A fracture can differ in its appearance just by varying the view of the x-ray so while a standard traum series of xrays helps rule out an obvious fracture there are many injuries that need special views/studies. ...Read more
Wrist: Xray, good history that describes the mechanism of injury with the amount of energy involved, good physical exam by an er doc/orthopedic surgeon. ...Read more
Rare: Because carpal tunnel is a nerve compression syndrome primary presenting symptoms are numbness, and paresthesias in the median nerve distribution to the thumb, index , long and half the ring fingers. While pain at the volar wrist may be present with the numbness, and weakness of the thenar muscles it is almost never the lone symptom. ...Read more
How to tell if my wrist is fractured? I fell on Saturday and landed on the palm of my hand. It just started swelling on Monday and I'm unable to use.
Wrist fractures: You should definitely be evaluated in person by your local physician with a physical exam and radiographs (xrays). ...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
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
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
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
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
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