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Wrist Sprain

A00023F02Diagnoses: A wrist sprain is a common injury to a ligament of the wrist from being stretched or torn. Sprains are categorized dependent on severity including:

  • Grade 1: Ligaments are stretched but not torn
  • Grade 2: Ligaments are partially torn
  • Grade 3: Ligaments are completely torn

Symptoms: Symptoms may often very in location and intensity depending on the injury. Common symptoms include:

  • Swelling
  • Resting pain
  • Increased pain with motion
  • Bruising
  • Tenderness to touch
  • Warm skin around the injury site
  • Popping while moving the wrist

Causes: Wrist sprains typically with increased force to the wrist, such as when falling on an outstretched hand. Injuries of this nature often take place while playing sports or participating in outdoor recreation.

Our Physical Therapy Treatment: Treatment will be dependent on the patient and their response to exercise. Potential treatment might include:

  • Mechanical diagnoses/treatment
  • Stretching exercises
  • Manual joint and soft tissue mobilizations
  • Forearm, wrist, and hand strengthening exercises

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