An injury occurring to any of the ligaments of the wrist is known as a wrist sprain. While an injury to the tendon(s) is referred to as a wrist strain.
These injuries can occur from a number of different ways but most commonly include falling onto an outstretched hand (FOOSH injury) or impact to the wrist from an object such as a ball in sports.
The ligaments either are overstretched or torn. This leads to increased pain, swelling, bruising, instability, and loss of motion/strength.
Sprains are usually categorized by levels as follows:
Conservative treatment usually can help manage the sprain or strain without having to see a doctor. Immediately following the injury this method can be utilized to manage swelling and pain.
This is know as the RICE Technique.
A wrist brace can help to immobilize the wrist to limit movement and aggravation of the ligament or tendon. Medications such as anti-inflammatories can also help to decrease swelling and pain. In severe cases, an MRI may be obtained to determine the extent of the injury. Depending on the results, this may warrant surgical intervention. Some severe wrist sprains and wrist strains may be treated with surgery. It is important to be evaluated by an orthopedic physician so that the best course of action can be determined.
It is often hard to tell if you have a wrist sprain vs strain. If your pain does not go away, you should seek out an appointment to get it evaluated. To learn more about the wrist, go to this Wrist Sprain Video
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If you think you might have a wrist sprain vs strain, you should find out which it is with a JOI Orthopedic Wrist and Hand Specialist.
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