What are Wrist Sprains?
Injuries caused by the stretching or tearing of the ligaments in the wrist are called wrist sprains. Sprains can range from mild to severe, based on the extent of injury to the ligament.
Causes of Wrist Sprains
Wrist sprains are usually caused by a fall during daily activities or sports activities.
Symptoms of Wrist Sprains
Some of the main symptoms of wrist sprains include:
- Swelling and pain in the wrist
- Difficulty in moving the wrist
- Bruising around the wrist
- Popping sensation inside the wrist
- A feeling of warmth or feverishness in the wrist
Diagnosis of Wrist Sprain
Your doctor diagnoses a wrist sprain by reviewing your medical history and performing a physical examination of your wrist. Your doctor may also order imaging tests such as X-rays, CT scans and MRI to diagnose partial ligament tears.
Treatment for Wrist Sprain
Treatment for wrist sprains includes surgical and non-surgical treatments. Non-surgical treatment involves immobilization of the wrist and performing strengthening exercises once the pain has reduced. Surgical treatment is used to repair the ligament if it is completely torn.