Physiotherapy for Wrist Sprain

Physiotherapy can help you manage your wrist sprain symptoms and other associated wrist problems. In addition, your personal physiotherapist can help you return to your original sport or activities as fast and safely possible using appropriate modalities, such as cold therapy, stretching, mobilization and exercises.

Wrist Sprain Overview

Wrist sprains can result from too much bending of the wrist. For example, falling onto an outstretched hand can cause any of your wrist ligaments to become stretched beyond its limit or torn causing symptoms of pain and inflammation.

Physiotherapy for Wrist Sprain

During your first, your physiotherapist will likely ask about your symptoms and your activity that led to your wrist injury. Your PT may also ask other relevant questions, such as past medical history and working environment.

Your physiotherapist will then conduct a thorough evaluation and examination of your injured wrist and other associated structures. After your initial evaluation, your physio will formulate a comprehensive treatment plan specifically made for you based on your symptoms, result of your evaluation, and your stated goals.

Physiotherapy Treatment Options for Wrist Sprain

Depending on the severity of your injury, your specific needs and goals, your physiotherapist may employ a combination of any of the following physiotherapy treatment options
  • Suggest relative rest
  • Splinting or brace if necessary
  • Taping
  • Cold therapy or cryotherapy
  • Heat therapy
  • Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS)
  • Ultrasound
  • Manual stretching
  • Joint mobilization techniques
  • Exercises
    • General conditioning exercises
    • Range of motion (ROM) exercises
    • Stretching exercises
    • Progressive strengthening exercises
  • Patient education
    • About wrist sprains
    • Precautions to observe
    • Activity modification
    • Self-care of symptoms
    • Wrist injury prevention
  • Work or sports-specific rehabilitation program

Don’t be overwhelmed with the treatment options enumerated above. Not all of them will be provided to you in just one visit. Your physiotherapist can help you decide what appropriate treatment interventions are best for you based on your symptoms, the stage of your recovery, other specific rehab needs and goals.

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