Wrist and Hand Sprains
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 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.
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