Wrist Fracture Symptoms & Diagnosis

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If you have any of these symptoms do not assume it is due to a wrist fracture. These symptoms may be caused by other conditions. Tell your doctor if you have any of these:

  • Pain
  • Swelling and tenderness around the wrist
  • Bruising around the wrist
  • Limited range of wrist or thumb motion
  • Visible deformity in the wrist


The doctor will ask about your symptoms, physical activity, and how the injury occurred. She will examine the injured area.

Tests may include:

  • X-rays —to look for a break in the wrist bones
  • MRI scan (rarely)—a test that uses a strong magnetic field and radio wave to detect a hidden scaphoid fracture
  • CT scan (rarely)—a type of x-ray that uses a computer to detect small fractures or dislocations of the wrist bones

Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Copyright © 2015 EBSCO Publishing All rights reserved.

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