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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?
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Dr. Daniel Mass
Surgery - Hand Surgery
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Daniel Mass
Dr. Daniel Mass
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Dr. Jeff Kindred
Sports Medicine
In brief: Depends
Lots of injuries are called "sprains".
A sprain refers to stretched or torn ligament that attaches two bones together. A simple sprain usually will heal on its own but there are a lot of other injuries in the wrist that can be more serious and so if the injury is lingering or not improving you may want to consult a sports medicine physician.

In brief: Depends
Lots of injuries are called "sprains".
A sprain refers to stretched or torn ligament that attaches two bones together. A simple sprain usually will heal on its own but there are a lot of other injuries in the wrist that can be more serious and so if the injury is lingering or not improving you may want to consult a sports medicine physician.
Dr. Jeff Kindred
Dr. Jeff Kindred
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