Generally involving a fall onto an outstretched hand, a sprained wrist is relatively common. Ranging from mild to severe, they most frequently occur through sports and outdoor recreation.
What is a sprained wrist?
A wrist sprain occurs when the ligaments that connect the bones to one another within a joint are injured. The wrist contains a number of these joints, which are used to connect 15 separate bones, which is the reason this type of sprain is so common. When the wrist is forced past a normal position in its range through bending, twisting, or sudden impact, a sprain will occur.
What causes a sprained wrist?
For the most part, this type of strain is limited to sports injuries and physical activities, although they are commonly seen following icy conditions which lead to more falls. They are seen the most in players of basketball, baseball, and football, and in a number of Olympic events such as weightlifting and wrestling, among others.
What are the symptoms of a sprained wrist?
Depending on the severity, sudden pain accompanied by a tearing sensation are signs of a sprained wrist. The area with the damaged ligament will be tender and movement of the wrist will be painful. Swelling and bruising are possibilities.
What is the treatment for a sprained wrist?
Applying a compression bandage directly following the injury will aid in the prevention of swelling. A splint may be necessary for approximately one to two weeks. A custom sports injury treatment program of exercises will assist the stiffness that follows healing. Should there be a full rupture, surgery may be required in order to reattach the ligament to the bone.
If you’re experiencing sharp pain in your wrist and think you may be suffering from a sprain or strain, make an appointment with our sports medicine doctor at Spinal Rehab and Sports Medicine clinic. Dr. Bob Meyer goes beyond simple diagnosis by creating custom sports medicine plans for the needs of each patient.