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Is it Sprained or Fractured? How to Tell What’s Wrong with Your Wrist

Closeup on business woman with wrist pain

from The Scope

Even a small slip or fall onto an outstretched hand can injure your wrist, but just how bad is it? Should you ice and elevate the injury? Or go to the doctor for an X-ray? Orthopedic surgeon and hand specialist Dr. Andrew Tyser lends his expertise on this episode of “The Specialists,” and explains what to look out for when it comes to wrist injuries.

Dr. Miller: How would somebody know if they might have a wrist fracture versus a sprain of the wrist? What are the common ways that we get wrist fractures?

Dr. Tyser: That’s a great question. I think it’s important to know that wrist fractures in general are very common as are wrist sprains. Many times they’re caused by similar mechanisms. Lots of times people have a simple fall from ground level, sometimes slipping on the ice, sometimes falling off a bike. And the first question is, this hurts, is it broken or not?

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