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    OTB crash what's wrong w/ my wrists ?

    Went over the bars 4mo. ago and braced the impact with my hands. Since that time my wrists have been sore. My left wrist hurts top side, right side hurts left underside. I feel pain during different kinds of movement for each wrist. They were never swollen or discolored but it has been 4mo. w/ only a slight amount of improvment. What to do ? Thank you

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    Go see a doctor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by overtorqued_nut
    Go see a doctor.
    Valid point but... I have been to the doctor for previous ailments - Tennis elbow, sore ankles, back ailments and nada comes out of it. Seems like you have to have a broken bone to get good doc. results.

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    You may actually have a broken bone, or several. There are many small bones in your wrists that may have broken or gotten chipped.

    Asking on the forum is not going to get you a solution (maybe one day). You need to see a doctor that can asses you in person. X-rays will come in handy too.

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    theres a really strong chance they'll give you a split or ace bandage and tell you to stay off it.

    if something broke, its been too long now and its fused in place now anyway. id ask for an xray anyway to see what it looks like. worst case something might need to be rebroken and reset..

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    Quote Originally Posted by vmajor
    You may actually have a broken bone, or several. There are many small bones in your wrists that may have broken or gotten chipped.

    Asking on the forum is not going to get you a solution (maybe one day). You need to see a doctor that can asses you in person. X-rays will come in handy too.

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    Yeah man, better safe than sorry. Lots of stupid little bones in there, and one bad one can make your whole hand weak. If you are not satisfied with a general practitioner, then maybe try and get a recommendation for a good local orthopedic surgeon. Really the difference between a specialized and a general doctor is as great a difference as between seeing a doctor or just trying to cringe through it doing nothing.

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    You could try seeing a chiropractor who deals with extremities or maybe a hand therapist for dealing with releasing scar tissue . I doubt the doctor will be interested after this amount of time.
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    never stop your fall with your hands/wrists, they're weak. Tuck and roll next time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vmajor
    You may actually have a broken bone, or several. There are many small bones in your wrists that may have broken or gotten chipped.

    Asking on the forum is not going to get you a solution (maybe one day). You need to see a doctor that can asses you in person. X-rays will come in handy too.

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    I went to the doc. two weeks ago for this injury. They did x-rays and found nothing broken. The doctor said probably hyper extended. His advise was to wear braces and give my wrists a rest. The doc. didn't seem to concerned about my wrists but he did mention PT if the pain didn't go away. I have a physical occupation so I couldn't keep from using my hands. Its been close to a month now and my right wrist still bothers me. Anyone know any home therapy for the wrists ? Thanx

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    Quote Originally Posted by keen
    I went to the doc. two weeks ago for this injury. They did x-rays and found nothing broken. The doctor said probably hyper extended. His advise was to wear braces and give my wrists a rest. The doc. didn't seem to concerned about my wrists but he did mention PT if the pain didn't go away. I have a physical occupation so I couldn't keep from using my hands. Its been close to a month now and my right wrist still bothers me. Anyone know any home therapy for the wrists ? Thanx
    Get a second opinion. There are several people here, myself included, who have had major wrist injuries and will tell you not to putz around with it.

    No one here is going to give you medical advice. Go see another doctor if you're first one is useless.
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    After 4 months any regular bone fracture would heal satisfactory enough to stop hurting. However, if you fracture the scaphoid it can disrupt blood flow to the area and cause necrosis, This is were the bone starts to die. usually the pain will be near the thumb side of the wrists.

    If this is the case an MRI is your best bet.

    Also remember that ligament injury takes much longer to heal then bone. Several months. A real ligament injury can take up to a year to fully heal. I agree with the see the chiro statment. Go to one that carries the CCSP sports degree. Some rehab and ultrasound might fix it up just right.

    also a lunate dislocation can be hard to see on plan-film xray.

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    +1 one to that.

    Seek second opinion and if you can, a referral to a specialist. I am again likely talking out of my a** here, but not all small fractures or tears are easily visible on an x-ray, especially not to a general practitioner.

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    Wrong!

    Quote Originally Posted by mlepito
    After 4 months any regular bone fracture would heal satisfactory enough to stop hurting.
    ADDED THIS ON EDIT: "I responded too quickly to the first sentence and didn't read the entire post. I'm sorry. (I think being off the bike has made me edgy.) Anyway, the necrosis spoken of is not the only mechanism that results in long-term, and possibly irreversible, damage to the wrist and its function. I hope I corrected myself before I started a conflict. I hate to go off half-cocked (or, if you're more home improvement than gun oriented, "half-caulked"). Becky"

    This is not true. Perform a google search for "scaphoid non-union". I sit here and type this with my left wrist in a cast. The cast is post-operative and it's been in place for two months and I have another month to go. I had surgery to place a pin and a screw in my scaphoid (a bone in the wrist) which had been broken for over 4 years. That particular bone apparently seldom heals without assistance. What it does do (I know this from experience) is hurts a lot as it grinds itself into the radius. The result is arthritis that causes the wrist to cease bending backward. This lack of motion, coupled with increasing pain, made it impossible to ride a bike and that is what resulted in me going to the doctor.

    Going to the doctor as late as I did was not a good thing. However, I was lucky because had I continued to wait and let my wrist degrade the option of repair would have been worn away and fusing the bones together would have been the course of action.

    I haven't been on a mountain bike for over a year (because it was just too dangerous. when I rode my left arm would buckle on impact because the handlebars made my wrist hurt so much) and I LOVE riding a mountain bike. I now haven't been on a rode bike for over two months because I am trying to get this healed.

    What I did for 4 years was rode through the pain because I didn't want to go to a doctor and have him say, "it's tendonitis, you'll have to rest the affected joint and take advil..." I would advise anyone (especially if you're past the age of healing (40) like me) to summon their courage and see the doctor if it hurts.

    I guess there's seldom a stronger advocate than a reformed opponent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 14D
    never stop your fall with your hands/wrists, they're weak. Tuck and roll next time.
    Easier said than done sometimes and when going over the bars it tends to yank the bars out of your hands rather violently at times, especially when the front wheel twists to the side as you go over. I did this last night and landed on rocks....my left wrist hurts on the outside when I move it certain ways. Advil, Schiff Move Free, Brominj, rest, staying off my bike, iced it down and massaged with Icy Hot a couple times is helping so far.

    I also managed to smash my right hand into a really big rock while still holding the handlebars and put a serious rash on my new bike's paint. Shoulda bought those full-finger gloves last week....bought them today.

    Quote Originally Posted by mlepito
    ...Also remember that ligament injury takes much longer to heal then bone. Several months. A real ligament injury can take up to a year to fully heal. I agree with the see the chiro statment. Go to one that carries the CCSP sports degree. Some rehab and ultrasound might fix it up just right...
    X2 on the good chiropractor. They are life savers and have done wonders for me when MDs all said Motrin and PT....which wasn't really helping.
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    I've had quite a few wrist injuries, and a few have involved the itty bitty ligaments between the carpal bones (small wrist bones that look like a pile of rocks). X-ray won't see it, MRI may not see it. They did a dye injection during an x-ray (Arthogram), that will show a tear when the dye leaks out where ever there is a tear. Whats super cool is that you can see your bones move around in the x-ray when they move your wrist around to circulate the dye. It's amazing how precise our bodies are made.

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    Re: Hyperextension

    I hyperextended my right knee last July. Nine months later and while it is much better after a winter as a couch-potato and two steroid shots, it still isn't 100% back to "normal".

    However, I'm 60 years old, and stuff takes MUCH longer to heal as you age.

    Good luck!

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