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    Wrist Injury

    Do you any of you guys recommend a particular type of wrist brace that would be good for surfing? I fell on concrete and caught myself a few weeks ago and it either sprained my wrist or broke something in my hand. I can pretty much move my wrist freely without pain now but I still cannot put my weight on it so popping up is near impossible right now. I need something that won't restrict my movement too much but provide stability in the wrist so I can get to my feet, and won't get water logged. Anybody been down this road before?

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    most likely an anti-inflamatory will help as much as a brace, assuming its not broken.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aka pumpmaster View Post
    most likely an anti-inflamatory will help as much as a brace, assuming its not broken.
    Been taking Aleve, Advil, Ibuprofin, etc., it helps dull the pain but still can't put any pressure on it. I'm going out after work tomorrow and Wednesday, so i'm looking for a brace that will allow me to put pressure on it so I can paddle out and pop up without further injuring myself. I'm going to PR in a month and I really will be pissed off if I can't do anything but SUP surf, which is fun, but not the only thing I do.

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    they have these people who go to school for a long time called Doctors, might want to see one

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    Quote Originally Posted by aka pumpmaster View Post
    they have these people who go to school for a long time called Doctors, might want to see one
    Might want to, but probably won't till after the honeymoon. Don't exactly want a cast on my hand on wedding day or while in PR. I can get along just fine till then if I get a proper brace. Was looking at this one but not sure if it's ok to use in the water or not...

    http://www.sportsauthority.com/produ...entPage=family

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    Quote Originally Posted by DawnPatrolSUP View Post
    Might want to, but probably won't till after the honeymoon. Don't exactly want a cast on my hand on wedding day or while in PR. I can get along just fine till then if I get a proper brace. Was looking at this one but not sure if it's ok to use in the water or not...

    http://www.sportsauthority.com/produ...entPage=family
    This happened to me in last year. Was playing soccer, got tripped, went down on my wrist. Same thing, had trouble popping up, felt like a strain and I couldn't put weight on it. I tried to deal with it for 3 weeks and also thought about using a brace, I tried athletic tape, etc. You are going to have to see a doctor. If it won't get better, it needs to be immobilized. But here's the bad news. You probably broke your scaphoid bone.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scaphoid_bone

    So healing time for me was about 3 months. Mine was not "displaced", in other words, just a crack. It was immobilized and in 6 weeks it was checked for healing and it was, so I went to a brace for 2 more weeks. Still no surfing. After that they claimed it was "healed" but I still couldn't put much weight on it and they said no surfing for a month. After a month I was able to at least pop up, but it was still tender and had sort of dull pain. It took until about 9 months (no joke) until I could pop up without pain. Getting old is a *****.

    The doctor might be lenient with you and let you go with a wrist brace for the wedding if you totally don't want to go to a cast, but you'll potentially be delaying healing time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dudicles View Post
    This happened to me in last year. Was playing soccer, got tripped, went down on my wrist. Same thing, had trouble popping up, felt like a strain and I couldn't put weight on it. I tried to deal with it for 3 weeks and also thought about using a brace, I tried athletic tape, etc. You are going to have to see a doctor. If it won't get better, it needs to be immobilized. But here's the bad news. You probably broke your scaphoid bone.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scaphoid_bone
    You may be right, but hoping you are wrong. I will definitely be seeing a dr. if it doesn't get any better. I'm praying it's just just a matter of time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DawnPatrolSUP View Post
    You may be right, but hoping you are wrong. I will definitely be seeing a dr. if it doesn't get any better. I'm praying it's just just a matter of time.
    Here's 2 checks that my doctor had me do:

    1. Hold your hand out with your fingers splayed out. Follow the tendon from the base of your thumb to the wrist, it should be prominent. Beside that is a little indent, called the "snuff box" in between the 2 tendons from your thumb. Press a finger in that. Hard. If there is a pain, that might mean broken scaphoid. For comparison, do the one on your non-injured hand.

    2. Hold your hands out in front of you, palms together make a point. Bring them to your chest like you are praying. How far can you go? Your hands should be 90 degrees to your wrists.

    It's a personal call, but what sold me on going to the dr. was that if you wait and it gets worse you are going to be sidelined for longer than if you would have went now. Think about that, 8 weeks now versus many months later.

    I was told that the blood flow to the scaphoid is very poor, basically a vessel empties on top of it and it trickles around it, so healing is very slow. And it only truly heals if it is imobilized, so if you get a brace, I'd wear it all the time. But seriously, see a doctor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DawnPatrolSUP View Post
    Might want to, but probably won't till after the honeymoon. Don't exactly want a cast on my hand on wedding day or while in PR. I can get along just fine till then if I get a proper brace. Was looking at this one but not sure if it's ok to use in the water or not...
    I broke my wrist back in February...they do removable braces for the most part now a days. The reason you need to go to the DR. is if it is broken, you need to know if it is set right. If it's more than 10 degrees off, you will more than likely need it reset. Also if it's broken and not needing resetting, you might need to hold off on using it, so as to not cause more serious problems. You can go to a walk in clinic to get the info you need...knowing is half the battle.

    My wrist was less than 10 degrees and got the brace off after 5 weeks, but I can still feel my tendon and muscles having to readjust to the change.

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    Amen. I broke the outside bone in my hand about 8 yeras ago. Was told to stay out of the water but ignored it and rebroke the bone before it completely set. Took another 6-8 months before it was right. Not fun. Hands and wrists are complicate items and don't work well if messed up.


    Quote Originally Posted by yourdirtymomma View Post
    I broke my wrist back in February...they do removable braces for the most part now a days. The reason you need to go to the DR. is if it is broken, you need to know if it is set right. If it's more than 10 degrees off, you will more than likely need it reset. Also if it's broken and not needing resetting, you might need to hold off on using it, so as to not cause more serious problems. You can go to a walk in clinic to get the info you need...knowing is half the battle.

    My wrist was less than 10 degrees and got the brace off after 5 weeks, but I can still feel my tendon and muscles having to readjust to the change.