Sprains and strains are common sports injuries. Sprains are injuries caused to ligaments (tissues that connect bone to bone). Injuries can include stretching or tearing of the ligaments and can commonly occur in the wrist. These injuries are usually caused by a fall on an outstretched arm. Sprains can range from mild to severe based on the extent of injury to the ligament.

What are the symptoms of wrist sprains?

Some of the main symptoms of wrist sprains include:

  • Swelling and pain in the wrist
  • Difficulty in moving your wrist
  • Bruising around the wrist
  • Popping sensation inside the wrist
  • A feeling of warmth or feverishness in the wrist

How are wrist sprains diagnosed?

Your doctor diagnoses this condition with the help of your medical history and a physical examination of your wrist. X-rays, CT scans or MRI may also be ordered.

What are the treatment options?

Treatment for wrist sprains includes surgical and non-surgical treatments. Non-surgical treatment involves rest, ice applications, compression and elevation about the level of your heart (R.I.C.E.),  immobilization with a splint and performing strengthening exercises once the pain has reduced. Surgical treatment is used to repair the ligament if it is completely torn. 

Useful Links

  • American Academy of Arthopaedic Surgeons
  • American Society For Surgery of The Hand