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When should you get medical help about a wrist injury?

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If there is obvious deformity, severe pain, numbness, or the person cannot move the wrist or maintain a grip, see a doctor immediately or go to a hospital emergency department. These are signs of a possible fracture. Support the hurt arm and wrist with a makeshift splint, such as a ruler, stick, rolled up newspaper, a pillow or sling, until you get help.

From: Wrist Injury Treatment WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Children's Hospital Denver: "Hand and Wrist Injury."

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: "Sprains and Strains."

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: "Sports Injuries."

FamilyDoctor.org: "Hand/Wrist/Arm Problems."

Wrist Injury Information from eMedicineHealth .

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on November 10, 2017

SOURCES:

Children's Hospital Denver: "Hand and Wrist Injury."

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: "Sprains and Strains."

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: "Sports Injuries."

FamilyDoctor.org: "Hand/Wrist/Arm Problems."

Wrist Injury Information from eMedicineHealth .

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on November 10, 2017

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