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 & Treatments

  • 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.


These lists are not inclusive of all conditions and procedures. In order to obtain a complete and accurate diagnosis, a physician should assess your individual situation. Following diagnosis, your physician will discuss appropriate treatment options with you – both surgical and non-surgical. Schedule an appointment with an Orthopedic ONE physician.