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Injured wrists?

Asked by oklahoma14 (13points) September 5th, 2010

i hurt my wrist playing basketball, while going up for a rebound i fell on it, it was a really hard fall. So i dont know what it is, is it a sprain, a break, or a fracture. I cant afford to see a doctor if it isnt serious.

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woodcutter's avatar

a break and a fracture is really the same thing. Unfortunately the only way to know for sure is an x ray. If there is a clinic nearby that can shoot the pic instead of the ER at the hospital it will save some money. Check to see if they are open today first because of the holiday. Nice weather we’re having today isn’t it?

FR07en's avatar

@oklahoma14 This might seem like a total non sequitur, but what is your occupation, if I might ask? The answer could mean the difference between having no treatment, having the wrong treatment, having the right treatment, and/or avoiding future injury to your wrist.

zzc's avatar

I broke my wrist last summer, dominant hand. At the time, I really, really wanted it to be a sprain, strain, anything except broken. I elevated it and iced it. It happened on a Thurs. eve., by Sat. afternoon, I finally went in to an urgency care clinic (I have Kaiser insurance). They x-rayed it and yes, it was broken. OK, so from this, in retrospect. I want you to understand that it was only by being careful and LUCK, that the break had stayed in alignment, which meant I didn’t have to have surgery. It was pretty much a miracle that it had stayed in alignment during the time I delayed going in. Please figure out how you can get it x-rayed. That is the only way you will know if it’s broken. If it’s broken, and in alignment. It may save you the cost of having surgery. Waiting can make it worse and lead to more cost. Gambling with the use of your wrist, and thus your hand could lead to a life long disability. The possible consequences, out weigh the cost of the x-ray. In the mean time, keep it above the level of your heart and put ice on it, 10–15 minutes on, then that am’t of time off (to prevent damage to the skin), and repeat. Be sure to have some cloth between the ice (zip lock baggies work for holding the ice) and your skin. You may have to go to an emergency room to get it done. Good luck! Let me know how it comes out.

Ben_Dover's avatar

You really can’t afford not to see a doctor!

Go to the ER and get it looked at. If you can’t pay you can’t pay…You can pay a little at a time.

oklahoma14's avatar

thank you all, this happened yesterday at 10:00 am it is now 4:19 p.m. and i have benn icing it and elevating it. FRO7en i am unemployed, i had been working at 4–6:30 and 9:11:30 at a store to pay for college, and now i am looking for a job.

buster's avatar

Im a poor skateboarder. I have had to go to the emergency room several times to have my ankles and wrists x-rayed and what not. Just give them a fake name, address, and social security number. Unless its a compound fracture you will probably be good with the care they give you at that time. You will get the help you need and never get a bill or have it affect your credit by lying. Only bad thing is if they give you a prescription for pain medicine or something it might be hard to fill.

FR07en's avatar

@oklahoma14 I see. Thanks for giving me the details on your current or recent past employment history. I ask because in many cases, people are unaware as to what damage can actually be attributed to on the job injury or contracted “disease.” The US Social Security Administration classifies any illness that cannot be readily cured in a reasonable amount of time, a terminal illness, and therefore a disease. Such is the case with CTS (carpal tunnel syndrome,) which was once not a part of the “disease” list, and now has its place there, right along with such better-recognised occupationally related permanent injuries (diseases) as black lung.

Therefore, though unlikely that in your case, your past job would be the culprit of your current condition, with your injury exacerbating the possible original trauma to your wrist (as in the case of CTS,) there’s still a chance, based on what, specifically were the duties of your job at the store, that you could claim that. However, it would have to be determined whether once vacating the position with the store would yet allow you to claim an on the job incident.

This is why I tell people to be sure and note their employment history as well as their specific job duties. And if any company tries to tell you that such things as repetitive trauma injury in the workplace (like CTS,) isn’t possible, explain to them that the human body, though quite resilient, is no match for steel and like materials (which are replaced at least 2 times or more a year in many machines. So if a job starts to seem so redundant, physically, in nature to you, pay attention… you may work like a machine, be that efficient and reliable, but at the end of the day, you’re NOT a machine.

Perhaps a bit off topic, I will admit and apologise, but it’s food for thought, now, and in the future. I do want to say, if there’s any way possible, be sure and seek care for your injury. This comes from both personal experience and my legal studies. And I hope you’re healing and much better very soon.

Rarebear's avatar

If it’s not obviously deformed, you can probably get away with splinting it and immobilizing it for a couple of days. If it still hurts after about 3 days, then you need to get it x-rayed.

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