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Forum Name: Bone trauma and fractures


 maddie9225 - Sat Mar 01, 2008 9:13 pm

Okay so i am 15 years old (female) and i hurt my wrist last night at my soccer game by getting it hit/kick really hard on the outside bone. and i am not sure what it is, a sprain or a fracture, how can i tell? I have severe pain and my parents don't want to take me to the ER because they think its nothing.
any advice would help,
 Debbie Miller, RN - Sun Mar 09, 2008 7:26 pm

User avatar Hello,
Hopefully you were able to put ice on your wrist - always a good idea with an injury such as this to help reduce swelling and pain. The only way to determine a break from a sprain or strain is to get an xray. It does not necessarily have to be done in an ER but can be done later during regular office hours once you have applied first aid of ice and immobilization and rest for the first 24 - 48 hours, assuming you aren't having protruding bones, blue, cold fingers or other symptoms.

Good luck.

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