A Wrist Sprain is an injury to the wrist joint that causes a stretch or tear in a ligament, which is a strong band of tissue connecting one bone to another.
Symptoms of a Wrist Sprain:
Causes of a Wrist Sprain:
- Wrist sprains are often the result of a harsh impact during a forced movement of the wrist, or when the hand or wrist is used to break a fall.
A diagnosis is made after a thorough review of the symptoms and a physical examination of the wrist. An X-ray may also be indicated in order to confirm that there are no broken bones in the wrist.
Treatment options include:
- Ice packs for 20-30 minutes every two to three hours for the first couple of days.
- Elevation of the wrist on a pillow or armchair rest.
- Anti-inflammatory medications.
- A brace or cast to prevent further injury.
- Limiting activities that may put the wrist at risk for further injury.
- Rehabilitation exercises to aide in recovery.
The goal of rehabilitation is to return patients to sports and daily activity as soon as safely possible. Returning too soon could result in a more severe injury and longer recovery time. Everyone recovers from an injury at a different rate. Generally, the longer treatment is delayed the longer the recovery time is likely to be. Patients may return to sports and activities when full range of motion is achieved without pain.
Resumption of activities may be allowed with the wrist taped or braced.