A sprained wrist, or wrist sprain, describes damage to one or more ligaments in the wrist joint. This generally occurs when the wrist is either bent too far in one direction or twisted unnaturally. Wrist sprains are a fairly common injury and usually caused by a fall onto an outstretched hand.
Symptoms of a sprained wrist can include pain, swelling, tenderness, and bruising. These symptoms can be mild to severe, depending on the severity of the injury.
- Grade I – one or more ligaments may be overstretched, but are not torn.
- Grade II – one or more ligaments may be partially torn.
- Grade III – one or more ligaments may be completely ruptured. Bone fractures are also a possibility.
Grade I wrist sprains can generally be taken care of at home with the RICE (rest, ice, compression, elevation) treatment process. However, any sprains that are suspected to be Grade II or III should receive professional medical attention, in order to assess severity, recommend possible further testing, and prescribe appropriate treatment. This is especially important for Grade III sprains, which sometimes require surgery.
If you think you or a loved one may have a sprained wrist, come into PrimaCare Medical Centers. Our doctors will diagnose your sprain and take x-rays and/or MRIs as necessary to give you the treatment you need to heal up quickly. A wrist injury can turn into a long-term issue if it’s not treated correctly, so play it safe and schedule your appointment with PrimaCare today. Not only can you count on quality medical attention for your sprain, but also great customer service, short wait times, and low costs.
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