A Construction Worker’s Guide to Broken Wrist Recovery
You’ve had close calls and even a few injuries from your construction work before. However, this injury is new to you. This time you are in a lot of pain and you don’t think you are going to be able to go back to work tomorrow. You have difficulty moving your wrist and hand and you are wondering what is going on.
Symptoms of a Broken Wrist
According to the Mayo Clinic, some common symptoms of a broken wrist include:
- Significant pain that is worse when you try to hold or grip something
- Tenderness or numbness
- An obvious deformity such as a bend that you are unable to straighten
If you experience any of these symptoms or anything else that concerns you, it is important to see a doctor for a prompt diagnosis so that you can get the right treatment plan and begin the recovery process.
Treatment for a Broken Wrist
There are several treatments available for a broken wrist. Your doctor may suggest, for example:
- Surgery to put the bones back in proper alignment, to protect joints or ligaments, or to fix a complicated break
- Immobilization with a cast or splint
- Pain medication
- Physical therapy after your splint or cast is removed to help you get back full range of motion in your wrist
It is important for broken wrists to be treated promptly. Prompt treatment may minimize the risk of long term pain and complications.
Your Legal Rights If You Break Your Wrist Working on a Construction Site
Breaking a wrist on a construction site is not the same as breaking your wrist in a slip or fall accident or car crash. If you are a construction worker and you were hurt on a construction site, you may be able to pursue a workers’ compensation claim or in some cases a personal injury claim. You may be able to recover your medical expenses, lost income, and other damages depending on the circumstances which led to your accident and injury.
Broken wrists are serious injuries that require prompt treatment. If you think you’ve been hurt, we encourage you to take action today to protect your physical and financial recoveries.