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Is my wrist broken or sprained? Snapped it back while lifting heavyweight. Next morning, I can't flex it back but can forward, and can type w/o pain
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My wrist is black and blue with a part slightly poking my skin. Is my wrist broken? I can barely move it
Fracture: A fracture is likely. See a doctor for proper evaluation and treatment. ...Read more
This can be: Determined by x-ray.Get a more detailed answer ›
Med eval: It usually requires x-rays (plus medical hx ; physical exam) to correctly diagnose a fracture. ...Read more
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
Big difference.: A broken wrist is usually very painful and there will be swelling and limitation of motion. There may also be deformity of the appearance. A broken vein usually causes some black and blue around the area and tends to get better relatively quickly. If any doubt, you should either see your md or go to an urgent care. ...Read more
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
My right wrist is broken. One month ago I failed a punch in training and now it still hurts when I lay my hand flat and turn it right or left. Advice?
My wrist is broken surgery was done in September and I'm just now getting purple vein like things all on my hand should I be concerned?
Check it out: See the surgeon that did the procedure to rule out delayed complication ...Read more
My wrist is broken, no joint involvement. I have had the cast on for 24 hours. The hand is slightly swollen. It wasn't before the cast. Is this normal?
A fracture of the wrist in not likely to a blood clot, unless the person has extreme disposition to forming blood clots.
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My 16 year old had her fingers slammed in a door and is now experiencing numbness in her middle and ring finger radiating to her wrist. No broken bone?
Difficult to say: Without actual exam. Numbness is probably because of nerve injury. X-rays can tell if there is any fracture. It sounds like a significant injury, so it is best to take her to ed for exam and evaluation. ...Read more
How long should I expect to be out of work? I went to the ER sun and was told that both my wrists are broken 1 with radical styloid fractured potentially scaphoid fracture, the otherdistal radius fracture. I work in customer service field on the computer
For either one of these injuries alone, you could be expected to do computer work within a week or so, though a bit slower than your usual pace. However, with both wrists broken, it becomes much more difficult. Basic hygeine and eating can be difficult if both wrists are in casts.
A radial styloid fracture, in and of itself, is not usually problematic and heals in about 6 weeks. However, it can be a marker for a more severe injury to the scapolunate ligament--part of the cornerstone of the wrist. You need to see a hand surgeon to determine if there is significant ligament instability. Sometimes the portion of the fracture that goes through the joint shifts and needs to be fixed surgically. Either of these situation would prolong the healing time. If there is indeed a scaphoid fracture, that wrist could be limited much longer, sometimes up to a year.
The distal radius fracture depends on the fracture pattern. Most of these do not involve the joint, but can tip backwards and distort wrist mechanics. If it displaces, it may require surgery. Unfortunately, these can move at 2-3 weeks after injury.
In short, your recovery time depends on the "personality" of the fractures and any associated injuries. If all goes especially well, you might be out of casts by 6 weeks, but there are a lot of other factors. ...Read more
Caring for a : Broken wrist involves assessing the nature of, location, degree, angulation, displacement, soft tissue. Injury as well as age, general health, bone quality and many other factors a hand surgeon or orthopedic surgeon trains for years and years and continues to read research and articles regarding the methods needed , using all thus they decide splint, cast, surgery etc. ...Read more
Immobilize: This is a strange question. Are you sure that it is broken? Fractures involving the wrist can be complicated and lead to permanent pain and disability so it is imperative that you seek proper evaluation and treatment. In other words, go see your family doctor or a hand specialist without delay! ...Read more
Cast or surgery: It depends on the fracture and your age. If under 70 and you have a distal radius fracture it needs to be reduced, but if the reduction slips you need to consider having surgery. If there is a crush or intraarticular step off you need surgery. If the wrist fracture is of one of the carpal bones and is non-displaced you can be treated in a cast if there is any displacement you should have surger. ...Read more
Be patient: A broken wrist will eventually heal. It is the position in which it heals that we are most concerned about. Once the fracture is stable enough, range of motion exercises should begin. Try using your upper limb as normally as possible. Your doctor and physical therapist will guide you through the recovery process. It can take up to a year to reach maximal recovery, so be patient. ...Read more
Cast vs. surgery: Treatment will largerly depend on the location of the fracture and its complexity. Certain wrist bones must be surgically united, whereas other may be easily casted. Your orthopedic specialist should be able to explain what the best next step is. ...Read more
Broken wrist: Is a very big term. It can mean a hairline fracture in a bone tha heals fast or a displaced fracture in a bone that has bad blood supply. Simple nondisplaced fractures are casted for 3-4 weeks often but complex fractures in some bones of the wrist (that don't have surgery) can be casted for 9-12 weeks. The inure, the ;ovation, the pattern, health factors, smoking, all play a role in time to mend ...Read more