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When should I unwrap the medical tape from my sprained wrist?

When should I unwrap the medical tape from my sprained wrist?

Sprained wrist: Assuming you have a sprained wrist then when your wrist no longer hurts on movement remove the tape and be very gentle for two days and if no pain use your hand normally. If you begin with pain in the two days of limited use seek medical care or resume your tape for another week. ...Read more

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


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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 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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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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How long does it take a sprained wrist to heal after two falls?

How long does it take a sprained wrist to heal after two falls?

True sprain: You have to be sure that these were truly sprains and not fractures, and to be sure that they did not cause the wrist bones to separate. If it is not better within a couple of weeks, you need to be checked by someone knowledgeable in this area. ...Read more

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After a sprained wrist, how long will it take to return to gardening?

After a sprained wrist, how long will it take to return to gardening?

3-6 weeks: If you had a minor stretch of the wrist you can garden in a splint and be out of the splint in 3-6 weeks. If you have a greater injury you might need surgery first. See a hand surgeon. ...Read more

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How long should I take off work for a wrist sprain?

How long should I take off work for a wrist sprain?

It depend: This sprain grade one or two or three. Some time sprain need a cast or brace. If you have disc job you could return to it the next day. ...Read more

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How long will it take a moderate wrist sprain to heal?

Sprain to heal: It may be sore for several months but most injuries are healed within 6 weeks. ...Read more

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How to deal with a wrist sprain and how long do I stop physical activity?

See details: You deal with it by having the wrist evaluated, determining the cause of the pain and then treating that cause. ...Read more

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From your experience how long does a wrist sprain take to get better and heal?

Depends: Most strains in the wrist tend to improve and resolve over a 4-6 week period. A sprain (defined as a tear) in the wrist where a ligament has torn don't tend to do so well. Most ligament tears in and around the wrist result in some degree of permanent disability. Some can be improved with surgery, but many can not. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a sprained wrist and a displaced wrist? There is no break in the bone itself but it is no longer in place.

What is the difference between a sprained wrist and a displaced wrist? There is no break in the bone itself but it is no longer in place.

Displaced: The wrist is made up of 8 "carpal" bones that articulate with the radius and ulna of the forearm and the 5 metacarpals of the palm. So there is no "wrist bone" per se. A sprained anything is simply inflammation and swelling. A displaced bone is one that is out of alignment with itself or at the joint. So a displaced wrist means 1 or more bones is out of alignment to another. ...Read more

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When do you know that you are no longer suffering from a healing injury, but rather a chronic pain condition? Sprained wrist 10 mon ago & still pain

When do you know that you are no longer suffering from a healing injury, but rather a chronic pain condition? Sprained wrist 10 mon ago & still pain

PT: Consider seeing your doctor and getting some physical therapy. If that fails, you may need to see an orthopedic surgeon for further assessment and treatment. ...Read more

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Is a wrist brace useful on a badly sprained wrist? And how should brusing on the back of the hand on the finger bone taken care of? Buddy taping mabye

Is a wrist brace useful on a badly sprained wrist? And how should brusing on the back of the hand on the finger bone taken care of? Buddy taping mabye

Perhaps: First of all I would recommend an x-ray to see if anything is broken. If no break, brace might be useful for the sprain. Buddy taping is useful for finger injury ...Read more

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How long does a sprained wrist injury take to heal? Will it have longterm effects on my ability to play basketball?

How long does a sprained wrist injury take to heal? Will it have longterm effects on my ability to play basketball?

Get it evaluated: If you have a minor sprain it should heal with immobilization is 6-8 weeks. If it has not gotten better, or has not yet be evaluated by a hand surgeon then you might have a significant injury, as a ligament tear or fracture that if not treated can lead to arthritis in 10-12 years. ...Read more

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Wrist sprain been 1 month hurts when I lift something heavy. Specialist took MRI said tore my dorsal capsule and small hole in tfcc. How long to heal?

Wrist sprain been 1 month hurts when I lift something heavy. Specialist took MRI said tore my dorsal capsule and small hole in tfcc. How long to heal?

Wrist sprain: This could take a minimum of 6 weeks and sometimes up to 3 months to heal. You should be using a brace for support. Check with doctor for followup exams and treatment options. ...Read more

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My doctor told me I have a high wrist sprain how long do I need to let it heel?

New diagnosis: This could be tendon and it may take three or more weeks, and if there's any fracture in the area six weeks. You need to see a hand specialist and get this clarified. As your physician to have you see one. ...Read more

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Wrist sprain been 4 weeks pain with wieght specialist took MRI which suggested dorsal capsular sprain and 1-2mm perforation in tfcc. How long to recover?

Wrist sprain been 4 weeks pain with wieght specialist took MRI which suggested dorsal capsular sprain and 1-2mm perforation in tfcc. How long to recover?

A long time.: Dorsal ligament injuries, classified as wrist sprains, can take longer to stop hurting than many fractures. In my experience this is usually 6 weeks to 3 months. Occasionally longer if activity is not limited and the injured area is continually stressed. Immobilization is key to get the ligaments to heal by cast or full time bracing (removing only for hygiene). It can be frustrating ; painful! ...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?

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 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 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