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Wrist Injury

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:

A wrist injury is damage to the tissues of your wrist joint. Examples are a fracture, sprain (stretched or torn ligament), or strain (stretched or torn tendon).

WHILE YOU ARE HERE:

Informed consent

is a legal document that explains the tests, treatments, or procedures that you may need. Informed consent means you understand what will be done and can make decisions about what you want. You give your permission when you sign the consent form. You can have someone sign this form for you if you are not able to sign it. You have the right to understand your medical care in words you know. Before you sign the consent form, understand the risks and benefits of what will be done. Make sure all your questions are answered.

Medicines:

  • Pain medicine may be needed. Do not wait until the pain is severe before you ask for more medicine.
  • NSAIDs may be given to decrease swelling, pain, and fever.
  • Steroids may be given to decrease swelling and pain in your wrist. This may be given as a shot.

Treatment:

Your treatment depends on the type of wrist injury and amount of tissue damage you have. You may need one or more of the following:

  • A wrist support, such as a cast or splint, will help support your wrist and prevent more damage.
  • Surgery may be used to repair a tear or remove injured and loose tissues. A torn ligament may be repaired or replaced. Screws or wires may be used to attach the bones in your wrist together.

RISKS:

Even with treatment, your wrist may become weak, stiff, or difficult to move.

CARE AGREEMENT:

You have the right to help plan your care. Learn about your health condition and how it may be treated. Discuss treatment options with your healthcare providers to decide what care you want to receive. You always have the right to refuse treatment.

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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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