Violent overstretching of one or more ligaments in the wrist joint. Sprains involving two or more ligaments cause considerably more disability than single-ligament sprains. When the ligament is overstretched, it becomes tense and gives way at its weakest point, either where it attaches to bone or within the ligament itself. If the ligament pulls loose a fragment of bone, it is called a sprain-fracture. There are 3 types of sprains:
Body Parts Involved
Stress on a ligament that temporarily forces or pries the wrist joint out of its normal location.
Wrist sprains are common injuries, especially in certain groups of people Wrist sprains tend to occur after falls. In icy weather, wrist sprains are common as people fall to the sidewalk after slipping. Sporting activities are also common causes of wrist sprains. Sports in which wrist sprains commonly occur include football, basketball, skiing, snowboarding, rollerblading, and many other sports.
Signs & Symptoms
Note:- Follow your doctor's instructions. These instructions are supplemental.
Use instructions for R.I.C.E., the first letters of rest, ice, compression and elevation.
If the doctor does not apply a cast, tape or elastic bandage:
Aspirin, acetaminophen or ibuprofen.
Topical liniments and ointments.
Stronger pain relievers.
Injection of a long-acting local anesthetic to reduce pain.
Injection of a corticosteroid, such as triamcinolone, to reduce inflammation.
During recovery, eat a well-balanced diet that includes extra protein, such as meat, fish, poultry, cheese, milk and eggs. Increase fiber and fluid intake to prevent constipation that may result from decreased activity.
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