6 Warning Signs of a Wrist Fracture (and What to Do About It)

It is the natural response to hold your hands out in front of you in the event of a fall and the most common cause of wrist fractures and sprains. Wrist fractures in the medical field are another term for broken wrists. 

But how do you know if the pain in your wrist is a fracture or just a sprain? If it is a fracture, how do you treat it?

Read on to learn more about the signs of a fractured wrist and the various ways to help it heal. 

Signs of a Fractured Wrist

Some fractures may be more visibly apparent, while other fractures may not look any different from an average wrist. If you are unsure whether the pain results from a sprained wrist or a fractured wrist, you should pay attention to the following list of symptoms of a wrist fracture.  

1. Swelling In the Wrist

Unfortunately, swelling in the wrist is typically present with both a wrist sprain and a wrist fracture. Most people think that if you can still move your wrist, then it is not broken. However, fractures vary in severity, so movement may still be possible. 

If you think you broke your wrist, it is essential to call a professional to determine whether it is damaged or sprained. If only swelling is present and no apparent signs of a fracture, the doctor will most likely bring you in for xray

2. Inability or Difficulty Using Wrist

If you cannot move your wrist, this is an obvious sign that something is wrong, and you should contact your doctor immediately. Depending on the severity of the fracture, treatment could include a splint, a cast, or surgery. 

3. Deformed or Bone Protruding 

A deformed wrist or protruding bone is another obvious sign of bone fracture, and you should seek immediate attention to avoid further pain and damage to the area. Also, if your wrist appears to look different from before or visibly misshapen, it is most likely time to have an x-ray for bone fractures to determine the best course of treatment.

4. Inability to Grasp Objects 

If you cannot grasp objects with your fingers, then there may be a chance it is a wrist fracture. A professional will be able to determine if there is a fracture. Inability to grasp objects is a sign there is something wrong and should be checked. 

5. Pain When Moving Fingers

Experiencing pain while moving your fingers can result from a wrist sprain and a wrist fracture. In this case, it is best to have it checked to make sure before you accidentally cause more damage if it is a fracture. 

6. Numb or Tingling Fingers

You may experience an inability to bend or move your wrist and hand, along with some numbness in your fingers. If you are experiencing any numbness or tingling in your fingers, you must have your wrist checked for possible fractures. 

Treatments for Fractured Wrists

If you have any of these signs of a fractured wrist, make sure to contact your doctor immediately. If you cannot move your wrist, do not try to force it, as it could cause further damage. If you are still unsure, it is always best to contact a professional and have it checked. 

Your healthcare provider will determine treatments and vary depending on the severity of your fracture. However, possible treatment includes a splint, cast, or surgery. It is best to have it examined by your doctor as soon as possible for proper care. 

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About Josh Labrooy

Josh is a health and fitness enthusiast. With a unique focus on weight loss and exercise, Josh is an advocate of functional fitness training for living a healthier and happier life.

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