Wrist Sprain Diagnosis
A wrist sprain is an injury to the wrist joint that causes a stretch or tear in a ligament. A ligament is a strong band of tissue connecting one bone to another. A wrist sprain can happen when you fall on your wrist or hand when you are struck by an object or during a forced motion of the wrist. Your North Houston, KSF doctor will review your symptoms (which include pain & swelling) and examine your wrist. He or she may obtain an x-ray to ensure that you have not broken any bones in your wrist.
Wrist Sprain Treatment
- Ice packs for 20- 30 minutes every 2-3 hours for the first 1-2 days
- Elevation of your wrist on a pillow or armchair rest
- Anti-inflammatory medications
- A brace or cast to prevent further injury
- Exercises to help your wrist recover
- Limiting activities that may put your wrist at risk of any further injury
The goal of rehabilitation is to return you to your sport or activity as soon as it is safely possible. If you return too soon, you may worsen your injury. Everyone recovers from an injury at a different rate. In general, the longer you have symptoms before you start treatment, the longer it will take to get better. You may return to your sport or activity when the injured wrist has a full range of motion without pain. Your doctor may allow you to resume activities with your wrist taped or in a brace.