Cycling is becoming more popular each year. Millions of people utilize this mode of transport for leisure, with many even adopting it as their main mode of transportation. The upside of this approach is that people can get fit and healthy and reduce emissions. The downside is that cyclists do not have the same levels of physical protection should an accident occur.
One of the most common injuries that cyclists suffer after bicycle accidents is a fractured wrist. What are some of the more common symptoms associated with this challenge and how can it be treated?
Obvious deformation and more subtle symptoms
In many cases, the wrist will swell severely after an accident and the bone may be completely out of shape. Sometimes, the bone can even penetrate the skin. This is known as an open fracture. The injury site is also likely to be very bruised.
Not all wrist fractures are obvious immediately though. In some cases, small fragments of the bone may be damaged. This can even occur on a microscopic level. That doesn’t mean that the fracture isn’t there or that it doesn’t impact your wrist mobility. Sometimes, the wrist may be fractured if the affected party feels numbness and tingling. Additionally, if it is painful to make a fist or move the hand in different directions, the wrist might be fractured.
The timeframe for recovery after a wrist fracture will depend on the extent of the injury. In severe cases, surgery and a period of several months recovery time and rehabilitation may be required. With more minor fractures, the injury may start to heal with rest after just a few weeks.
If your wrist was injured because of someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to financial compensation. Seek legal guidance to find out more about the options open to you.