Wrist sprain or fracture? What are sympotoms?

Pain and swelling. After a fall type of injury you can injure your wrist. A fracture is a break in one of the eight small wrist bones. The thumb sided scaphoid is the most common to fracture and the most common to not heal. Any suspicion requires immobilization. A sprain is a stretch to a complete tear of the stabilizing ligaments. To miss this injury can lead to arthritis. All sprain need acute immobilization.

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How to tell difference between wrist sprain and fracture?

X-ry and follow up. If patient have fracture on the x-ray that is very clear , if have unclear fracture when you see him in about 2 weeks you see the fracture. Of course we apply splint on him in the meanwhile. Read more...
Exam and imaging. Wrist fractures may seen on standard x-rays and additional studies such as bone scan or MRI may be helpful sprains may be postivie finding in that here is no fracture but bones may be out of linel. A careful history and exam is also very important as you correctly implied it can be confusing so seek out so called experts such as a hand surgeon or orthopedic surgeon who specializes in han. Read more...

How to determine the difference between a wrist fracture and a wrist sprain?

Swelling. There is usually more swelling and defomity and pain with fracture. If pain/discomfort increases rather than getting better over time, have it checked for a fracture. Read more...
Sprain or fracture. Quite simply a sprain involves a ligament injury and a fracture involves a bone with a crack or some other defect x-rays tell us a lot as well as exam so I'm sprains are worse than some fractures and some fractures are much worse than some sprains. Whatever one has a fracture or sprain the proper treatment can make a huge difference in getting back to your activities. Read more...

How to overcome bsckhand/wrist sprain due to handstand?

RICE. RICE. REST- 24 to 48hrs. Avoid activities requiring use of wrist. ICE- for first 2 days after injury, apply ice for 15 to 20 mins every few hours. A bag of frozen peas is good. COMPRESSION- Wrap hand, wrist, arm w ace wrap. Make sure it is not so tight that it decreases your circulation. ELEVATE- elevate wrist above your heart. Can prop on a pillow. Read more...