Wrist Sprain – What Is Wrist Sprain?

A wrist sprain is an injury to any of the ligaments in your wrist. A ligament is a strong connective tissue that connects a bone to another bone at a joint. In wrist sprain, your wrist ligament may be overstretched causing symptoms. In some cases, partial or total tearing of the ligament may occur.

The condition is often caused by a fall on an outstretched hand – a FOOSH injury – during a sports activity or from a slipping accident.

Symptoms of wrist sprain may include pain, swelling, and difficulty moving your wrist and hand.

Treatment Options

Mild wrist sprains can be treated with RICE therapy. RICE stands for rest, ice application, compression and elevating your injured limb. Depending on the severity of your injury, other treatment options may be needed, such as pain medications, splinting, exercises, and physiotherapy.

Severe cases of wrist sprains may require surgery to repair the damaged ligament. After your surgery, you may be immobilized for a few weeks to allow healing. Your doctor may recommend that you undergo physiotherapy rehabilitation once your injured ligament has healed to help you regain your normal joint range and muscle strength.

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