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Can a wrist sprain be worse to recover from than a fracture?

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Dr. Jeffrey Sider
Sports Medicine
5 doctors agree

In brief: Sometimes

Most wrist fractures can be treated with cast immobilizaton and will typically heal in about 6 weeks.
Sometimes with a sprain one can develop different types of carpal instability which can lead to long term problems like arthritic changes. Swelling and pain. So sometimes a sprain can be worse in the long run than a fracture.

In brief: Sometimes

Most wrist fractures can be treated with cast immobilizaton and will typically heal in about 6 weeks.
Sometimes with a sprain one can develop different types of carpal instability which can lead to long term problems like arthritic changes. Swelling and pain. So sometimes a sprain can be worse in the long run than a fracture.
Dr. Jeffrey Sider
Dr. Jeffrey Sider
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Dr. Raymond Raven
Surgery - Hand Surgery
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes.

Most fractures heal strong enough for return of activities within 4-8 weeks.
Bad sprains can take 3-6 months.

In brief: Yes.

Most fractures heal strong enough for return of activities within 4-8 weeks.
Bad sprains can take 3-6 months.
Dr. Raymond Raven
Dr. Raymond Raven
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