QUESTION: what are hairline fracture wrist symptoms? 

ANSWERS: this type of fracture is also known as a stress fracture. This type of fracture can be caused by a variety of reasons such as falling, car accident, repetitive force without resting the wrist, and contact in any type of athletic sports. The people who are at the highest risk for having a hairline fracture wrist condition would be the ones that have a bone condition such as osteoporosis, athletes in general, and female athletes that have absent or abnormal periods.

A hairline, or stress, fracture is normally a small crack in the bone about the size of a strand of hair. You will usually find these fractures in the bones that bear a lot of weight or is used a lot. A hairline fracture will slowly appear on the surface of a certain area and are formed over time but will not appear suddenly like a regular fracture.

One cause for getting a hairline fracture is fatigue in your muscles because along with bones, they are responsible for absorbing the shock which is exerted when a person runs, walks, or plays hard. If the person does any of these for a long period of time, the muscles can become fatigued or tired making them unable to absorb the shock. When this happens most of the pressure is now exerted on the bones, which can result in having a hairline facture.


When you have a hairline fracture, they are not very obvious. When you get this type of fracture for the first time you may not even notice it and as time goes on, the fracture will start to get worse causing problems. This is why it is important to know the basic symptoms so you can get treatment started right away.

  • You will usually notice that the area where you were hurt is swollen.
  • When you put pressure on the area there is a lot of pain but if you leave the area motionless for a little while the pain will start to decrease.
  • There may be one particular area of the bone that will sometimes be painful to touch or the area feels tender.
  • The area may become numb and have a tingling feeling.
  • The affected part may become difficult to move very easily.
  • The area where the hairline fracture will turn pale.
  • You cannot carry excess weight with the part that has the hairline fracture.
  • There may be a deformity of the limb.
  • There may also be bruising in the area because the hairline fracture may damage the blood vessels in the tissue or bone that is around the hairline fracture. The bruise is normally black to blue in color and may get worse in size during the first few days but then will shrink and disappear.


The best treatment for a hairline fracture is to rest it as much as possible. You should also make an appointment with your physician for evaluation. The time that it will take the hairline fracture to heal depends on where the fracture is, if the person is taking care of themselves, how fast they heal, and how severe the hairline fracture is. It can take five to six weeks for it to complete but if it is really severe it can take ten to fifteen weeks with a lot of rest.

You can also apply an ice pack to help repair the bones quicker and to ease the pain. You should also try to keep the injured part in a higher position than the rest of your body. With a severe hairline fracture the physician may put a cast on it temporarily. There are also different medications that your physician can prescribe to help relieve the pain and treat the hairline fracture.

To help prevent them from happening in the left arm numbness first place you should make sure that you are eating a healthy diet that is rich in vitamins and calcium to make the bones stronger. You should also do the right exercises to build up and strengthen your muscles.