How do you tell if you shattered your wrist?
A broken wrist might cause these signs and symptoms:
- Severe pain that might worsen when gripping or squeezing or moving your hand or wrist.
- Obvious deformity, such as a bent wrist.
How do you treat a shattered wrist?
Immobilization. Restricting the movement of a broken bone in your wrist is critical to proper healing. To do this, you’ll likely need a splint or a cast. You’ll be advised to keep your hand above heart level as much as possible to reduce swelling and pain.
Can you recover from a shattered wrist?
It might take 8 weeks or longer for your wrist to heal. More severe breaks may not fully mend for 6 months. You and your doctor will decide when you are fully recovered. Don’t rush back into your activity too soon.
How do you tell if you have sprained or broken your wrist?
Signs of a Fracture vs. a Sprain
- Swelling in the wrist.
- Bruising over the wrist or surrounding area.
- Pain when moving the wrist or hand.
- Weakness or inability to grasp or pick up objects.
Can you still move your wrist if it’s broken?
Some people can still move or use the hand or wrist even if there is a broken bone. Swelling or a bone out of place can make the wrist appear deformed. There is often pain right around the break and with finger movement. Sometimes the fingers tingle or feel numb at the tips.
Can you still move your hand if it’s broken?
If you think you might have a broken hand, see a doctor immediately, especially if you have numbness, swelling or trouble moving your fingers. A delay in diagnosis and treatment can lead to poor healing, decreased range of motion and decreased grip strength.
Can a broken wrist be fixed without surgery?
Some fractures, like distal radius fractures (before the wrist), can be treated without surgery if the bone fragments are minimally displaced and remain in close connection. In these cases, our surgeons will recommend immobilizing the hand with a splint or cast.
How long are you off work with a broken wrist?
How long will I be off work and when can I drive? This depends on your job. In general terms your wrist will take six to eight weeks to heal fully and during this time you will be unable to lift heavy items or do heavy manual work.
Can you still move a broken wrist?
When the wrist is broken, there is pain and swelling. It can be hard to move or use the hand and wrist. Some people can still move or use the hand or wrist even if there is a broken bone. Swelling or a bone out of place can make the wrist appear deformed.
Can you break your wrist and not know it?
Sometimes a bone can break without you realizing it. That’s usually what happens to the scaphoid bone in your wrist, a boat-shaped bone located on the outermost side of the thumb side of the hand.
Can you have a broken wrist without swelling?
Expect there to be swelling and pain with a broken wrist. Sometimes there is an obvious deformity or misalignment, but other times the wrist may look normal aside from mild swelling.
Can you still move your fingers if your knuckle is broken?
Broken knuckle symptoms A fracture can leave your knuckle and the surrounding parts of your hand feeling sore or tender. It might hurt to bend your fingers or make other hand movements. You might not be able to move the affected finger at all.