Font Size
A
A
A

Wrist Injury (cont.)

Wrist Injury Prevention

Follow the doctor's instructions. Most of the time you should follow up with your health care provider if you are not completely better in three to five days, sooner if you become worse or problems develop.

Wrist Injury Prognosis (Outlook)

  • Most wrist sprains should be better in three to five days. If you have symptoms that last beyond five days, you should see your doctor for reevaluation.
  • The outcome of a fracture depends on the type of fracture. Ask your doctor about what to expect for your type of fracture.

Wrist Injury and Fracture Pictures

Bones of the wrist: There are two long bones of the forearm (radius on the same side as the thumb and the ulna on the side of the little finger). There are eight small carpal bones that are between the forearm and the bones of the hand. Photo courtesy of Edmond A. Hooker, MD, FAAEM
Bones of the wrist: There are two long bones of the forearm (radius on the same side as the thumb and the ulna on the side of the little finger). There are eight small carpal bones that are between the forearm and the bones of the hand. Photo courtesy of Edmond A. Hooker, MD, FAAEM
Anatomical snuffbox (see arrow): Under this area lies the scaphoid bone that is commonly broken, but the break may not show up on the initial X-rays. Photo courtesy of Edmond A. Hooker, MD, FAAEM
Anatomical snuffbox (see arrow): Under this area lies the scaphoid bone that is commonly broken, but the break may not show up on the initial X-rays. Photo courtesy of Edmond A. Hooker, MD, FAAEM

Medically reviewed by Aimee V. HachigianGould, MD; American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

REFERENCE:

"Evaluation of the adult with acute wrist pain"
UpToDate.com


Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/2/2015
Medical Author:
Medical Editor:
Medical Editor:
Medical Editor:

Must Read Articles Related to Wrist Injury

Hand Injuries
Hand Injuries Hand injuries can be divided into six categories. 1) cuts and lacerations, 2) fractures and dislocations, 3) soft tissue injuries and amputations, 4) infections...learn more >>
Fractures or Dislocations
Wilderness: Fractures or Dislocations Fractures are breaks in bone and are classified according to several different categories. Compound fractures are the most dangerous; the bone is broken into fr...learn more >>

Patient Comments & Reviews

The eMedicineHealth doctors ask about Wrist Injury (Wrist Fracture):

Wrist Injury - Causes

What was the cause of your wrist injury?




Read What Your Physician is Reading on Medscape

Wrist Dislocation »

Wrist injuries are common among athletes.

Read More on Medscape Reference »


Medical Dictionary