Each day we use our wrists to write, drive, lift objects, play sports and more. Along with the usual wear and tear on our bones and ligaments our wrists are also open to potential injuries.
It is estimated that hand injuries account for about 10% of emergency room visits and there are many different ways we can injure our wrists, including:
- Car accidents
- Slip and falls
- Sports accidents
- Lifting improperly
Wrist injuries are commonly caused by traffic accidents, with your hands on the wheel you’re likely to have minor or serious injuries depending on the crash you experience. Moreover, New Haven and Hartford, Connecticut, are the 2nd and 3rd cities where the most traffic incidents occurred so your risk of being involved in a car crash where you might suffer from wrist injuries may be even greater.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a personal injury accident and the victim has complained of a wrist injury, they may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.
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Common Wrist Injuries And Symptoms To Know
Your wrist is made up of 13 bones, including eight carpal bones and five metacarpal bones. The 8 carpal bones lay on two rows at the base of your hand and are the:
The metacarpal bones are simply referred to as the first, second, third, fourth and fifth metacarpal.
This intricate system means that more injuries are possible when your hands slam against the steering wheel in a car accident or when you’ve used your hands to break your fall. Some common wrist injuries are:
- Wrist Sprain. This occurs when the ligament is torn or stretched; some people may hear a pop when the sprain occurs.
- Wrist Strain. When a muscle or tendon is torn or stretched, it may be a wrist strain.
- Wrist Fracture. Also known as a broken wrist, this type of fracture happens when the muscle fibers surrounding the area are torn.
Not seeking medical treatment for these injuries can cause further wrist and hand issues especially because your wrists are used every day and will experience normal wear and tear. Some common symptoms might include:
- Muscle Spasms
How Do I Treat A Wrist Injury?
If you have not sought medical treatment for a wrist injury, you may want to follow the RICE method until you can do so:
However, do not wait long to seek medical assistance as the injury can worsen. If you need pain medication only take medication that is prescribed to you or that is found over-the-counter.
Your doctor may need x-rays to diagnose your wrist injury and may then prescribe physical therapy and wrist exercises for treatment.
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If you’ve been injured in an accident and have suffered from a wrist injury, find out what your legal options are by contacting Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers. With more than 140 years of combined experience we have helped clients collect millions in successful verdicts, including auto accidents and personal injury claims.
Let our dedicated team of personal injury lawyers help you get the compensation you deserve for your wrist injuries. We have offices in New Haven, Bridgeport, Hartford, Waterbury and New London, and serve clients throughout Connecticut.
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