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Symptoms and Signs of Wrist Injury (Wrist Fracture)

Doctor's Notes on Wrist Injury (Wrist Fracture)

Wrist injury means the wrist, mainly composed of the distal ends of the 2 forearm bones, 8 carpal bones, tendons and ligaments (a joint) is either sprained, strained or fractured. Signs and symptoms of wrist injury (fracture) may include pain, swelling, limited range of motion of the wrist joint, skin discoloration over the joint, warmth of the joint and deformity of the joint. Tendons and ligaments may also be injured with fractures; signs and symptoms are similar.

Causes of wrist fractures most often are falls onto an outstretched hand, but almost any type of trauma (falls, hit with a blunt object, crush injuries, for example) can cause fractures. Causes of injury without fractures are often due to injuries to the tendon and ligaments without bone fracture such as repetitive use and carpal tunnel syndrome.

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Medically Reviewed on 3/11/2019


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