Dr. Khurram Pervaiz answers your questions about wrist sprains:
My doctor told me I have a “wrist sprain.” What is that?
A sprain is an injury that involves damage to the ligaments of the wrist. This damage may range from a simple stretch injury with inflammation and irritation of the ligament to a partial tear of the ligament.
What causes a wrist sprain?
Wrist sprains are most commonly caused by trauma. This trauma may range from a simple fall to a car accident or a sports injury. Athletes who participate in sports that involve impact to the wrist are particularly at risk. Gymnastics, cheerleading, martial arts, and CrossFit are some examples of sports that can cause wrist impact.
What are some of the symptoms of a wrist sprain?
The most common symptom of a wrist sprain is pain and swelling of the wrist. Limited function with weakness and lack of use of the hand and wrist may also occur.