Wrist injuries are the most common injuries after a car accident and are usually caused by the high force of impact. Like other car accident injuries, wrist injuries can be severe and will damage your quality of life.
Wrist injury symptoms often are felt right away and include swelling, pain, and bruising. A wrist injury from a car accident is diagnosed with an x-ray and is treated like most orthopedic injuries. Your doctor will set and immobilize the wrist so it can heal.
Some wrist fractures can be treated without surgery, but others may need an operation. Your doctor may use pins, wires, and plates to treat your wrist injury to keep the bone fragments together. You may need physical therapy on your wrist to ensure full recovery; a common problem with wrist injuries is the broken bones heal improperly and the wrist is immobile. Physical therapy helps you to regain full functionality.
Wrist injuries in car accidents can cause hefty medical bills from treatment and physical therapy. In addition, as your wrist heals, you may need to take time off work, resulting in lost earnings. In a severe injury, you may be unable to do the work you did before because of wrist damage, which leads to loss of earning capacity.
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