Wrist Sprain

What is a wrist sprain, and how is it treated?

Home  /  Hand & Wrist  /  Wrist Sprain

What Is a Wrist Sprain?

The wrist consists of several small bones connected by a number of small ligaments. 

A sprain occurs when one or more of these ligaments is overstretched. The usual mechanism of injury is due to an impact or fall onto the outstretched hand.

Patients who sustain a wrist sprain may experience the following symptoms:

  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Pain and tenderness in the wrist
  • Difficulty grasping or holding objects

If you sustain a wrist sprain, it is important to contact one of the Board Certified Hand and Wrist Specialists at OrthoNeuro to determine the severity of the sprain.

Improper rest and continuing activity can cause the sprain to progress in severity.

Treatment Options for Wrist Sprain

The severity of a wrist sprain can vary and therefore the treatment options will be based upon the severity.

Wrist sprains are usually categorized into 3 grades:

Grade 1 (Mild): Slight stretching or tearing of a ligament.

Grade 2 (Moderate): Partial tearing of the ligament.

Grade 3 (Severe): The complete tearing of the ligament.

Typical treatment options at OrthoNeuro can include:

  • Immobilization (a splint or a brace)
  • Anti-inflammatory medications
  • Physical Therapy

Surgery is generally not needed so long as the wrist ligament remains intact.

Patients who are experiencing the symptoms of a wrist sprain should not delay a diagnosis.

The decision of what treatments are best for you will be determined by what you and your OrthoNeuro Specialist feel are best. 

Make an Appointment with an OrthoNeuro Specialist Today!

If you have been suffering the symptoms of a wrist sprain, schedule an appointment with one of our Board Certified Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Specialists at one of our 7 convenient locations throughout Greater Columbus. 

Best of all, most patients can be seen within 24 hours of making an appointment.

Hand and Wrist Specialists

You use your hands, wrists, and elbows all the time. Don’t let pain interfere with your quality of life or independence. Call OrthoNeuro today or make an appointment online if you have persistent pain in your hand, wrist, or elbow that limits your movement or independence.

James C. Cassandra, DO

Orthopedic Hand & Elbow Surgeon

Gary M. Millard, DO

Orthopedic Hand & Elbow Surgeon

Desmond J. Stutzman, DO

Orthopedic Hand & Elbow Surgeon

“I love this group of Doctors. They have specialists to cover what ever part of the body is in need of treatment. Every doctor i have seen in this practice have had a very good bedside manner and very knowledgeable. I highly recommend this practice for all your orthopedic and neurological needs”

Teresa H.