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Treatment of sports injuries

wrist fracture

When you have a sports-related orthopaedic injury, NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) may provide temporary pain relief. You should also consider limiting some activities to prevent reinjury, resting and applying ice, and seeking physical therapy to strengthen the muscles around the joint.

Other treatment includes the use of an orthopaedic brace or splint. In some case, internal fixation of fracture or ligament reconstruction may be recommended.

  • About NSAIDs

  • Bracing & Splints

    Wearing a splint: Overview

    A splint protects a broken bone or other injury. If you have a removable splint, follow your doctor’s instructions and only remove the splint if your doctor says it’s okay.

    Most splints can be adjusted. Your doctor will show you how to do this and will tell you when you might need to adjust the splint. A splint is sometimes called a brace. You may also hear it called an immobilizer. An immobilizer, such as a splint or cast, keeps you from moving the injured area.

    You may get a splint that’s already factory-made. Or your doctor might make your splint from plaster or fiberglass. Some splints have a built-in air cushion. Air pads are inflated to hold the injured area in place.

  • Internal fixation of fracture

    Open reduction with internal fixation of a limb: Overview

    Open reduction with internal fixation is a type of surgery to fix a broken (fractured) bone. The doctor makes a cut, called an incision, in the skin over the bone. The doctor then moves the pieces of bone back into the normal position. This is called open reduction. The doctor may use special screws, pins, plates, or rods to hold the bone in place while it heals. This is called internal fixation. These devices may stay in your body from now on. The doctor closes the incision with stitches. You will have a scar, but it will fade with time.

    You may spend from a few hours to a few days in the hospital. This depends on how serious your injury is. It usually takes 6 to 12 weeks for a broken bone to heal.

    How soon you can go back to work and your normal routine depends on your job. It also depends on how long it takes your bone to heal. For example, if you have a broken leg and you sit at work, you may be able to go back in 1 to 2 weeks. But if your job requires you to walk or stand a lot, you may need to wait until your bone has healed.