Wrist and Hand Sprains :: Nationwide Children's Hospital

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 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.

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