Wrist Sprain

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Wrist Sprain

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What is a Wrist Sprain?

A wrist sprain is an injury to the ligaments that connect bones in your wrist. Ligaments are tough, fibrous bands of tissue that hold bones together. You can injure a ligament by stretching or tearing it.

The most common wrist sprains involve the ligaments on the outside of your wrist. These ligaments connect your radius (a bone in your forearm) and carpal bones (bones in your hand). A sprain occurs when you stretch one of these ligaments too far or tear it.

What are the types of Wrist Sprain?

There are three grades of wrist sprain:

1. Grade 1 sprain

The ligaments are stretched, but not torn. Often, this type of injury doesn’t require treatment beyond rest and ice. But if it’s mild enough, you may be able to continue with activities as normal.

2. Grade 2 sprain

The ligaments are partially torn and may require immobilization (like a splint) until they heal. It’s important to follow up with your doctor so they can make sure there isn’t any nerve damage in the area as well!

3. Grade 3 sprain

The ligament is completely torn and the ligament is completely pulled off of its attachment to bone. This type of wrist sprain requires surgery for proper healing and rehabilitation afterward!

What are the causes of Wrist Sprain?

The most common cause of a wrist sprain is falling on an outstretched hand. Other causes include:

  • Sports injuries (such as football, baseball or basketball)
  • Car accidents
  • Falling off a bicycle or motorcycle
  • Falling downstairs or slipping on ice

What are the symptoms of Wrist Sprain?

If you have a wrist sprain, you might notice:

  • Pain and tenderness in the wrist area
  • Weakness in the hand, fingers, or thumbs
  • Swelling of the wrist
  • Tingling or numbness in the hand

What are the risk factors for Wrist Sprain?

The risk factors for wrist sprain include:

  • Wrist sprains are most common in people between the ages of 30 and 40 years old.
  • Women are more likely to suffer from wrist sprains than men
  • Wrist sprains usually occur during sporting activities like tennis, basketball or football.
  • Conditions such as osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis can increase your risk of suffering a wrist sprain
  • Pressure on the hand or wrist
  • Tightening or pulling of the ligaments in the wrist
  • A sudden movement of the wrist that causes it to bend back too far, such as a fall, car accident, or sports injury

Recommended Exercise

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What are the exercises for Wrist Sprain?

Wrist sprains are a common injury, and they can be painful. The following exercises can help you recover from a wrist sprain:

1. Wrist extension/flexion:

Position your hand palm down on a table. Keep your elbow straight as you slowly raise your wrist off the table as high as possible, then lower it back down. Do 10 reps, 3 times a day.

2. Wrist abduction/adduction:

Place your hand palm down on a table and keep your elbow straight as you slowly raise your thumb away from the table as far as possible and then bring it back down to the table. Do 10 reps, 3 times a day.

3. Wrist rotation:

Hold your arm out in front of you with the palm of your hand facing up and rotate it clockwise 10 times, then counterclockwise 10 times; repeat this exercise 5 times each day for 2 weeks after your injury has healed

4. Static Wrist Extension

This exercise helps increase circulation to the injured area while also strengthening muscles around the joint to prevent future sprains or injuries from occurring again, especially when lifting heavy objects such as groceries or laundry baskets full of clothes or bed linens!

What are the treatments for Wrist Sprain?

There are a variety of treatments for wrist sprain.

If you have a mild sprain, you can try the following:

  • Apply ice
  • Rest the affected area
  • Use pain medication, such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen

If you have a moderate or severe sprain, you may need to see a doctor. Your doctor may prescribe an anti-inflammatory medication and/or prescribe physical therapy. In severe cases, surgery may be required.

Explanation of Recommended Orthotic Device

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What brace is used for Wrist Sprain?

A wrist brace is a device that helps stabilize the wrist and provide support for sprains, strains, and other injuries. A wide variety of braces are available, including:

Elastic Wrist Splint

A wrist splint is a soft, supportive device that helps to prevent the wrist from moving during healing. It may also be used to provide comfort and support for an injured wrist. A splint prevents a full range of motion in the wrist, which helps prevent further injury.

Wrist Support

A wrist support is a device that provides compression and support for the wrist joint. It reduces swelling and allows for increased blood flow by providing support to the joint. This can help reduce pain and discomfort associated with a sore or injured wrist.           

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