average time for sprained wrist to heal?

Discussion in 'Health & Fitness' started by tomato123, Sep 20, 2004.

  1. tomato123

    tomato123 New User

    Aug 2, 2004
    I've noticed that there are a number of people that have posted about wrist injuries that have lasted from months to even over a year, and I sprained my wrist about 2 months ago when I fell and landed awkwardly on it. I'm at a point where I could actually swing a racquet, but it hurts when I'm actually hitting the ball , so I decided to not play at all until it's compeltely healed. I don't think anything is broken or torn, but I want to ask what general length of time it takes for a wrist sprain to heal, and how long I should see if it heals on its own before I get it checked out? Thanks.
  2. netman

    netman Hall of Fame

    Feb 19, 2004
    You stated you don't think anything is broken or torn, so I'm assuming you did not have a doctor look at it. You might want to reconsider and go visit a doc. Once I took a nasty spill while playing basketball. Landed right on my wrist. Figured it was sprained and after about week, the pain was gone and so I started playing again. But every once in a certain movements would make it really hurt. After about 4 weeks finally went to the doc. X-rays showed I had broken a small bone in the wrist. Thing never did heal properly because I had abused it for so long while it was broken. Ended up having to have a pin put in.

    The fact you still have pain 2 months down the road should encourage you to go see a doc ASAP. If it doesn't heal properly now, you'll be paying for it down the road via arthritic problems well before their time.

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