Question - Sprained Wrist (5 weeks with continued pain)

by Greg
(Louisville KY)

Its been 5 weeks since I sprained my wrist. (I had broken it once when I was 12 it did not set right so the doctor broke it again in the hospital when I was 13 with steal pins to ensure proper healing. They were removed after 6 weeks.)


I had it x ray when it happened, put ice on it for several days and after a week started wearing a ace bandage then a hard shell bandage, it happened June 20 and the doctor said no fracture but I have heard it can take time for a fracture to show up.

Is that true and should I have it looked at again?

It still hurts to do most any work but its feels ok when it is not being used. My sport is golf and still can not swing a club and its hard to work with one hand.

Thanks

Greg

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Aug 06, 2008
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Rehab may help
by: Bart - SII

It sounds like you may have some restriction in the way your carpal bones are moving. This is very common after a wrist injury, and can continue to cause problems.

A fracture may show up after several weeks, once the bone starts to heal and the callus will show up on the X-ray. So, an additional visit may be warranted. I would recommend, though, rehabilitation with a PT or ATC to get your carpal bones moving correctly again. Joint mobilization as well as some strengthening exercises may be all you need to get back to golf.

Hope this helps - comment back with other questions

Aug 06, 2008
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Thanks for your time
by: greg

Thanks for your comment if a I may ask what is a pt or atc. Again thanks for you help

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sorry for the abbreviations
by: Bart - SII

I sometimes forget that not everyone uses the same abbreviations as what runs through my head...

PT = physical therapist or physiotherapist
ATC = Certified Athletic Trainer

Both are allied health professionals trained in the treatment, management and rehabilitation of orthopedic injuries.

Bart

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Thanks
by: Greg

Nice to know someone will take the time to be a friend, if I may use that term for someone who cares.

Oct 06, 2009
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So Confused and Worried
by: Anonymous

I injured my wrist labor day and went to the emergency room for a evaluation. I was told that it was a sprain and I was given a Ice pack and a splint and sent home.Its been more than 6 weeks and I still experience pain and limited movement in the wrist. I try to excersize it daily and try not to keep it immobilized. I am concerned that it is not healing right and dont know what I should do. I have already been back to the dr and was told that it takes time and that I should see a specialist.I dont have the money for a specialist and Im worried that my wrist will heal irregular and it will never be able to have full motion again. what should I do.

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