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  1. #1
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    May 2011

    How did YOU know you had a serious wrist injury?

    Ok, I know the answer is simple- an MRI or X-ray confirmed your suspicion, but here's the catch. I am a veterinarian so I tend to extrapolate what I see clinically in animals to me own injuries (for better or for worse) and I am currently doing something similar with my wrist. Crash with outstretched hands about 3 weeks ago with definite injury to the base of my thumb, no real wrist pain initially. No real swelling around the wrist and only the slightest of bruising. X-ray of the wrist normal, no typical snuff box/scaphoid physical exam testing consistent with fracture either. Did the 10 days follow up rad to look for a delayed visibility in scaphoid fracture. My wrist is seeming to improve but 3 weeks out and still some nagging pain.

    What was your wrist injury and how did it feel? How was it diagnosed? How much swelling and bruising did you have?

    While I know this is no substitute for an MRI I am still curious to see how significant wrist injuries presented for other riders for comparison (we're all guilty!)

    Keep the rubber side down

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    May 2012
    I've got a non-displaced scaphoid fracture because my front tire didn't clear the lip on the landing of a jump.I landed with my arm outstretched like you did. I had some swelling to the middle of my wrist, but sever pain for the first 48 hours. It's in cast now (10 weeks).

    I was immediately checking my wrist visually for a compound fracture. It hurt bad enough for me to honestly think I broke it like that. I couldn't move it without pain, so I knew I had to get it checked out.

    I hope things work out for you. The cast is so depressing...
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  3. #3
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    Dec 2003
    I will be joining the arm cast club I think. Landed hard after washing out after taking a drop today. Was able to ride out but anything rocky after fall was a mofo as well as shifting gears. Sitting here hand looks angled to one side, swollen below thumb top of wrist. Hard to grasp anything over a leight weight object. and of course is still very painful..probably a distal radius fracture. ugh. and just after i ramped up watching what i eat and my riding and had lost 10 pounds. Now Im out of the game for a while i guess. Likely off to the doc for xray tomorrow..

  4. #4
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    Nov 2011
    If you are having troubles masturbating then you know you have a serious wrist injury, its really quite simple actually..
    Dont ever let the truth get in the way of a funny story....

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    I looked at my hand. It was down there and my wrist was up there. I said "that's busted". They tried to "reduce" it at the hospital. They brought in a hand specialist and he said "if that was my wrist I'd have surgery right away".
    So it seems to me to be, this thing that I think I see.

  6. #6
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    I suffered a scaphoid fracture. The initial Xray revealed nothing and it was diagnosed as a sprain. It swelled significantly but had no bruising. I continued life as normal riding and playing softball through the pain. After two months of enduring the "sprain", I went back and had an MRI. Since the bone had never nor would ever heal at this point, I had to have two pins surgically inserted and cast it for two more months. My wrist will never be the same. GET THE MRI!!!

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