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Wrist Injury

Medically reviewed by Last updated on May 6, 2024.

What is a wrist injury?

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).

What are the signs and symptoms of a wrist injury?

How is a wrist injury diagnosed?

Your healthcare provider will check for pain, swelling, or numbness. He or she may check the movement and strength of your wrist. An x-ray, MRI, or CT scan may show if you have broken a bone or other injury. You may be given contrast liquid to help your wrist show up better in the pictures. Tell the healthcare provider if you have ever had an allergic reaction to contrast liquid. Do not enter the MRI room with anything metal. Metal can cause serious injury. Tell the healthcare provider if you have any metal in or on your body.

How is a wrist injury treated?

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

How can I manage my symptoms?

How can I prevent a wrist injury?

When should I seek immediate care?

When should I call my doctor?

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