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2 Potential Difficulty Moving the Wrist Causes

  1. 1.Buckle Fracture of Distal Radius

    A buckle fracture of the wrist, also known as a torus fracture, is a condition that are most common in children aged 5-10 years due to the elasticity of their bones. This fracture occurs when force is applied to the radius (one of the two bones of the forearm), causing the bone to split along the growth plate.

    3 weeks in a cast, no need for follow up.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    constant forearm pain, forearm pain from an injury, pain in one forearm, swollen forearm, wrist injury
    Symptoms that always occur with buckle fracture of distal radius:
    forearm pain from an injury, constant forearm pain
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

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  2. 2.Kienbock Disease

    Kienbock Disease is a condition where the blood going to one of the small bones in the wrist is disrupted, causing the bone to die and the wrist to become stiff and painful. The cause is not known but may be related to trauma to the wrist.

    Life long, the wrist is damaged permanently

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    hand weakness, wrist pain from an injury, pain in the back of the wrist, wrist pain that gets worse when gripping something, difficulty moving the wrist
    Symptoms that always occur with kienbock disease:
    wrist pain from an injury, pain in the back of the wrist
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Difficulty Moving the Wrist

  • Q.About your [forearm], do you notice:
  • Q.Have you ever been diagnosed with diabetes?
  • Q.Lightly tap on your inner wrist. Does this cause your symptoms to reappear?
  • Q.How would you explain the cause of your wrist pain?

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Difficulty Moving the Wrist Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced difficulty moving the wrist have also experienced:

    • 35% Wrist Pain
    • 10% Severe Wrist Pain
    • 10% Forearm Pain Near the Wrist
  • People who have experienced difficulty moving the wrist were most often matched with:

    • 4% Buckle Fracture of Distal Radius
    • 4% Kienbock Disease
  • Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from visits to the Buoy AI health assistant (check it out by clicking on “Take Quiz”).

Disclaimer: The article does not replace an evaluation by a physician. Information on this page is provided as an information resource only, and is not to be used or relied on for any diagnostic or treatment purposes.

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