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Sprained Vs. Fractured Wrist Fremont

Mishaps can happen to anyone, and sometimes even with utmost precaution or mindfulness, one can get injured or land in trouble. Although wrist fractures are more common among older adults, sports, physical activities, repetitive stress, and trauma can affect anyone, regardless of age. Wrist fracture means the person has broken a small carpal or, more commonly, the distal radius. In younger patients, it is associated with high-energy mechanisms; in older patients, it happens due to low-energy mechanisms or falls. It results in swelling and wrist pain if the fracture is untreated. And a broken or sprained wrist can likely cause similar symptoms.



A broken wrist can cause these signs and symptoms:

                ·         Swelling

                ·         Tenderness

                ·         Bruising

                ·         Severe pain worsens with movements, such as gripping your hand or wrist.


Most Common Activities

Sports, physical activities, fall, and trauma commonly lead to fracture. Activities that can cause sprain and break the wrist are the following:

               ·         Baseball

               ·         Basketball

               ·         Diving

               ·         Skating

               ·         Skiing

               ·         Skateboarding

               ·         Football

               ·         Horseback riding

               ·         Hockey

               ·         Rugby

               ·         Skiing

               ·         Snowboarding

Sometimes, there is noticeable misalignment, but other times it may not be. One may experience pain, and if lifting or moving your wrist becomes unbearable, reaching out to healthcare practitioners is essential. If you have wrist pain or swelling and are unsure about the gravity of the condition, reach out to Form Hand Therapy at (510) 530-3030. Swelling, bruising, or a feeling of warmth surrounding the wrist are common sprain symptoms. If the wrist is tender and you notice a popping or tearing sound inside the wrist, it means there is a sprain. A fractured or broken wrist can cause severe pain, and you might also notice swelling and bruising. While in some cases, it appears bent. So, schedule an appointment with our office for complete recovery.