One of the most common and yet frequently overlooked injuries in any type of accident is a broken wrist. The wrist is susceptible to fractures and breaks because of its structure and placement. In many cases, a broken wrist results from a fall because people try to catch themselves. The impact of the fall causes the break.
Here are some signs to watch for to recognize a broken wrist.
Persistent pain in the wrist
If the pain hasn’t gone away and it seems to get worse when you move your hand or wrist and when you try to grasp things with the affected hand, those are indications that you may have a break.
Bruising around the wrist
Broken bones often come with significant bruising in the tissue. In fact, many broken bones exhibit bruises in a variety of color patterns. If you have significant bruising around your wrist, it may be broken.
Warm, red tissue
If you feel your wrist, does it feel warm to the touch? That’s a sign of inflammation in the tissue, which often results from a broken bone. If the skin is red and your wrist is swollen as well, it is in your best interest to have the wrist x-rayed to determine if it is broken.
Proper medical attention is important to ensure that a broken wrist heals correctly. Otherwise, you may suffer chronic discomfort and pain. In some cases, you may end up with limited movement if it does not heal correctly. Seek medical care right away if you notice these signs.