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
- Stretched or torn ligament
Signs & Symptoms
- Joint instability
- Reduced or limited wrist movement
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.