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Wrist Sprains

Description

Stretching ligaments beyond their normal range may result in a painful or debilitating sprain. That’s because the ligaments can no longer do their job of stabilizing the joint by holding surround bones together. Find out what to do for a sprained wrist.

Causes & Triggers

  • Accident
  • Injury
  • Stretched or torn ligament

Signs & Symptoms

  • Joint instability
  • Pain
  • Reduced or limited wrist movement
  • Swelling

Tips & Treatment

  • Severity of wrist sprains is graded as follows:
    • Mild—Grade I: Stretched ligaments with no or minimal tearing
    • Moderate—Grade II: Partially torn ligament; may require splinting or casting
    • Severe—Grade III: Fully torn ligament; severe pain; wrist joint feels unstable; may require surgical repair
  • Consult a well-qualified orthopedic specialist for evaluation since improper diagnosis and treatment can lead to joint instability or arthritis.

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