Sprained or Broken Wrist Guide

If you have suffered a sprained or broken wrist, you could find that you are out of action for a while. These conditions can both cause a lot of pain and discomfort while also leaving you the frustrating position where you cannot do many of the daily tasks that you are normally able to do with ease. This can have a big impact on your quality of life and capabilities, which is why you need to do all you can to recover properly from a sprained or broken wrist. This means getting appropriate treatment as well as physiotherapy so that you can gain proper movement back in the wrist as part of the recovery process.

How to tell if your wrist is sprained

Wrist breaks and sprains do share some of the same symptoms and signs. However, there are some additional signs to look out for with a fractured wrist. If your wrist is sprained, you may experience symptoms that include:

  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Tenderness
  • Pain
  • Weakness

How to tell if your wrist is broken

If you have broken your wrist rather than sprained it, there may be additional signs that you should look out for. This includes:

  • Hearing a snap when the injury occurs
  • Pain that is very sharp
  • Inability to grasp or pick things up
  • Physical signs of a break
  • Immediate swelling that continues to worsen
  • Numbness and tingling in the fingers

The causes of a sprained or broken wrists

The causes of sprained or broken wrists can vary, as can the severity of the injury. Some of the common causes of these types of injuries include participating in contact sports and sustaining an injury, direct trauma to the wrist, a fall or trip where you put out your arm to break the fall, and workplace accidents. If you are unsure whether it is a wrist break or wrist sprain, you should get it checked out as soon as possible to avoid any further issues.

How long does it take for sprained or broken wrists to recover?

Broken wrists tend to take longer than sprained wrists to heal because the injury is more severe. With minor sprains, the healing process should only take a few days although with severe sprains it can be a lot longer. When it comes to broken wrists, it could take a couple of months or more for the healing process to take place because of the nature of the injury. In both cases, you can help to gain mobility in your arm and wrist more quickly with free private physiotherapy and treatment. You can find out more about this by giving us a call.

What free private treatment can I get for a sprained or broken wrist?

You may be able to access private treatment free of charge for your sprained or broken wrist. The treatment depends on the type and severity of the injury, but includes access to treatments such as slings, bandages and dressings, casts, and physiotherapy to help you to get the movement back in your wrist properly after your injury. If you are interested in finding out more about this free private treatment, speak to a member of our team today.

How can I recover safely and faster?

If you have sprained your wrist, healing is likely to be faster anyway. However, you still need to take care not to put excess strain on your wrist and you should ice it and keep it elevated. You can also use bandaging or a splint to aid recovery. With broken wrists, you need to be very careful during the recovery process, as otherwise you could cause more damage and slow down the healing time. With both types of injuries, making sure you have physiotherapy after the cast or bandage is removed can help with recovery.

Contact us to find out if you qualify for free private treatment for your broken or sprained wrist

Whether you have suffered a sprained wrist or a broken wrist, you may be able to gain access to free private treatment for your injuries. We are able to provide free treatment to patients across the UK regardless of their location and the treatment will be local to you. If you want to find out whether you are eligible, contact us today and we will be happy to assist.