Signs of a Broken Wrist?

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    Jan 06, 2011 9:14 PM GMT
    I was in a snowboard comp last night and threw myself a little too hard to place, and took my wrist through a pretty good beating. I usually wear a wrist guard on this arm but I couldn't get it under my glove in time last night and ended up putting it on after it was already hurting a bit. It's not really swollen, or discolored and I can move it frontwards and backwards easily but when I turn it deep left or right I get some pain. I can make a fist and extend my hand all the way out. I know this isn't a medical forum, but I wanted to see if anyone had some input before I went out and spent the money to get it checked out.

    I'm praying for it just being bruised or strained a bit. icon_neutral.gif
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    Jan 06, 2011 10:26 PM GMT
    The doctor knows tests to determine the status of your joint.
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    Jan 07, 2011 12:00 AM GMT
    UtahCapita saidI'm praying for it just being bruised or strained a bit. icon_neutral.gif

    Sorry to hear about this accident. It doesn't sound urgent, but if you have any doubt, go to an ER, where they'll likely do X-rays, the only way to be sure.

    If you don't, and no improvement by tomorrow morning, then DEFINITELY have it checked out no later than noon tomorrow.

    My father once had a simple misstep on our front porch on ice, didn't actually fall down. His foot hurt for days, finally saw the doctor. Turns out he fractured a bone in his foot.

    I myself had some shoulder pain in the early 1980s, and after X-raying me a military doctor told me it was from an old badly-healed break of my left clavicle. WHAT I said? I've never had a broken bone in my life. So he showed me the X-ray. "Are you sure you got the right guy? Didn't get the X-rays mixed?" I asked. "Well, yeah, Major, this is you."

    As near as I can figure, it musta happened in 1968, from a serious motorcycle accident some 15 years earlier. I was in the hospital for a while, the doctors more concerned with my head injuries. But I remember my left shoulder hurt like hell. Apparently they missed it, with everything else that was going on. Nothing else in my life could account for such a break. Apparently being immobile in a hospital bed for a time allowed the bone to start healing, if not quite perfectly.

    Point is, my friend, you never know. If this doesn't clear up quickly, you see a doctor, understand? You won't find a diagnosis online.
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    Jan 07, 2011 6:14 PM GMT
    Generally, bruising and swelling don't come with a break, since it's not a soft tissue injury. But lack of movement when you try does come with a break. But a fracture's a possibility. Always best to let an medical expert have the final say. Both to diagnose and to recommend action, no matter what the injury is, to prevent future trouble. Get to your doc.
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    Jan 07, 2011 7:17 PM GMT
    It doesn't seem like a break since you can move your wrist and there is no deformity and you have pain only when you rotate your hand, I'll guess the outside of it only. A broken wrist would ache significantly all the time. You probably just stretched a superficial flexor muscle. An Xray will tell you better. There may be a small fracture. Use your judgement. If you think you need to go to the doctor, go. If you play sports requiring fine movements of hands, go. Otherwise, limit that hand's mobility. Don't life objects even as heavy as a milk bottle. Don't put weight on it. Keep it as stable as possible. A stretched ligament will heal itself in a week and a half to two weeks. A bone takes about a month or so.
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    Jan 07, 2011 7:38 PM GMT
    I'm no doctor or anything, but I JUST got my cast off from having a broken wrist last week...I didn't think mine was broken (I got hit by a car lol), but it hurt significantly for 2 days and I definitely couldn't move it forward or backward, let alone rotate it.

    I'd say (and hope!) that yours isn't broken. Keep us posted!
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    Jan 07, 2011 7:57 PM GMT
    Don't self diagnose. Don't Interwebz diagnose. You might as well just throw darts on the wall.

    There's all kinds of fractures, each manifests differently.

    See a doc.

    I have no idea why I keep posting this kind of answer over and over in these forums.

    Actually, I know exactly why. I'm cranky and depressed.

    This ends today's bitch.

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    Jan 08, 2011 8:47 PM GMT


    Being a martial artists, I get injured from time to time... It seems to be a strained wrist to me....But please see a doctor....
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    Jan 08, 2011 8:55 PM GMT
    UtahCapita said I wanted to see if anyone had some input before I went out and spent the money to get it checked out.

    Great healthcare system you have there, where the first thing you have to consider before seeking treatment is money.

    Hope it's nothing serious.
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    Jan 08, 2011 9:26 PM GMT
    If it was broken the pain would unbearble and your wrist would be swollen. I broke my wrist and let me tell you I was in tears and I looked like I was a relative of Popeye the Sailor. Their are 8 bones in each wrist,
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    Jan 15, 2011 7:20 PM GMT
    Go to a doctor.

    Though for the record, I'm putting my money on a fracture. I did that years ago. It didn't really hurt. It didn't really swell. But I could not twist my wrist without excruciating pain.