Wrist Sprain – Plano, TX
Dr. Knoll is a leading wrist doctor serving the community of Plano, TX. She specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of a wide range of wrist conditions such as sprains, strains, fractures, dislocations etc.

Wrist Sprain

A sprain in the wrist is characterized by stretching or tearing of ligaments. It occurs when extreme pressure is exerted on the wrist bending it beyond the normal range of motion.  People involved in activities that requires repetitive wrist movement such as driving, typing, weightlifting, ice hockey, pole vaulting etc. are at higher risk of developing this condition.

Depending on the severity of the condition, a wrist sprain is classified into various grades:

  • Grade 1: Ligaments are stretched but not torn.
  • Grade 2: There is partial tearing of the ligaments.
  • Grade 3: The ligaments may get completely torn.

Causes Of Wrist Sprain

  • Sports injuries: While playing sports such as football, basketball, baseball, volleyball, tennis etc. a person may sprain his wrist.
  • Sudden Fall: Falling on outstretched hand. The injury may also occur by sudden twisting and bending of the wrist.
  • Medical conditions: Carpel Tunnel Syndrome, Ganglion Cysts, Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis etc. may cause wrist sprain.

Symptoms Of Wrist Sprain

  • Swelling and pain at the site of injury
  • Bruising
  • Tenderness
  • Warmth around the skin

Diagnosis Of Wrist Sprain

Physical examination of the wrist may be conducted by an orthopedic doctor. Imaging tests such as X-rays, MRI, CT Scan may be conducted to determine the severity of the injury. A special test Arthrogram may also be conducted to have a clear picture of the ligaments.  

Treatment For Wrist Sprain

  • Rest: The doctor may recommend providing sufficient rest to the affected area.  Certain activities that strain the wrist joint may also be avoided.
  • Ice: Icing and applying heat packs at frequent intervals may also help in reducing pain and swelling.
  • Compression: Wearing an elastic bandage may provide relief from inflammation.
  • Elevation: Elevating the wrist above level of the heart may help in relieving the symptoms.
  • Medications: The doctor may prescribe anti-inflammatory medications to ease swelling and pain.
  • Immobilization: Immobilizing the joint by using cast or splint helps in improving the condition by providing support to the affected area.
  • Exercises: Specific exercises as suggested by a physical therapist may restore the joint mobility and strength of the muscles.  

A surgery may be required if there is no improvement in the condition by following non-surgical procedures.

Prevention

  • Wearing protective equipment such as wrist guards while playing sports.
  • Proper warm up exercises should be done prior to playing sports or performing in athletic events.
  • It is advisable to wear shoes with gripped soles while walking on slippery surface. This will prevent incidents such as falling, thus preventing wrist sprain.

For treatment of wrist sprain, visit Dr. Knoll. To schedule an appointment with the wrist doctor in Plano, TX, call at (972) 985 – 1072.