What is it and how is it treated?
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:
- 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.
Make an Appointment with an OrthoNeuro Specialist Today!
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 is best.
- If you have been suffering the symptoms of a wrist sprain, schedule an appointment with one of our Board Certified Hand and Wrist 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.
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