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What’s the best way to treat a broken wrist?

A broken wrist is a common workplace injury, as this can happen as a result of many circumstances. For example, if you slip and fall, you could brace yourself with your wrist, causing it to break. You could also suffer an injury if you fall from height or are involved in a motor vehicle accident.

If you suspect a broken wrist, don't hesitate to receive medical attention. Your doctor can run a variety of tests, such as an X-ray and CT scan, to better understand the extent of your injury.

From there, your doctor will provide a treatment plan for helping you make a fast and full recovery. The most common types of treatment for a broken wrist include:

  • Medication: This doesn't do anything to heal your injury, but it can reduce pain as you recover.
  • Immobilization: Restricting movement gives your wrist time to properly heal. Immobilization typically consists of a cast or splint.
  • Surgery: While not always required, it's common in the event of an open fracture, loose bone fragments, damage to the surrounding region or a fracture that affects local joints.
  • Physical therapy: Upon removal of a splint or cast, you can expect to have weakness and limited range of motion. Physical therapy can help you overcome both of these things in a timely manner.

Since a broken wrist has the potential to inhibit your ability to work, you may be able to file a claim for workers' compensation benefits. This allows you to receive money until you're able to return to work, thus providing you with some level of financial peace.

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