What is a Wrist/Hand Sprain?
- A sprain of the wrist/hand is a stretching or tearing of the ligaments which connect the bones together and provide stability.
What Causes a Wrist/Hand Sprain?
- A wrist/hand sprain may occur from a direct blow to the area.
- Falling on an outstretched arm/hand or contact that causes the wrist to forcefully move in one direction.
- It can also occur from movement involving an abrupt twist or hyperextension.
What Are the Symptoms?
- Immediate pain in the wrist or hand after a direct blow or twist.
- Pain and stiffness with movement or activity in hand and wrist.
What Can I Do to Feel Better?
- Rest. Do not do things that cause pain.
- Ice for 15-20 minutes at a time for the first 48-72 hours.
When Should I See a Medical Professional?
- If rest, ice, and compression are not improving the condition.
- If you are unsure about the severity of the condition.
- If there is pain and tenderness over boney structures, caution must be taken to rule out a fracture.