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Forum Name: Bone trauma and fractures

Question: [b]Possible broken wrist?[/b]

 beautyfiend - Wed Mar 01, 2006 7:48 pm

About a week and a half ago I slipped. I landed on my wrist and with one leg underneath me. My leg was very painful but I didn't really pay any attention to my wrist. My wrist has been fine up until a few days ago when it became a little tender. This morning I woke up in a lot of pain and noticed that my wrist and fingers are a little swollen, I also have limited movement in my wrist.
My question is- does this sound like a fracture? and if so, why has it just become noticible?

If it is broken is there anything else that can be done other than putting it in a cast? The problem I have is, a cast will stop me driving.
If left will this heal itself or will I become hideously disfigured? (well, more so then usual, lol).

Thanks in advance to anyone that gives advice.
 Theresa Jones, RN - Mon Mar 06, 2006 8:16 am

User avatar Hi beautyfiend,
Sprains may cause swelling, bruising and tenderness as well as fractures. An xray is the only way to absolutely determine if a fracture is present. There are supporting devices other than full casts that may be used when certain types of fractures permit. Untreated fractures may cause complications. I would suggest that you have and evaluation by your physician.
Theresa Jones, RN


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