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    What is a Sprained Wrist?

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    A wrist sprain (sprained wrist) is a common sports injury. And, it only takes a second for loss of balance to occur. It’s a common occurrence, as you slip you stick your hand out to break your fall. However, once your hand hits the ground, your wrist bends backward toward your forearm. Bending your wrist this way can stretch the connecting ligaments too far. And the result is tiny tears or a broken wrist.

    Reoccurring wrist sprains are common and when they do, you are more suspectable to them. This makes your wrist more vulnerable for sprains, making it likely to occur when it is hit or you apply extreme pressure.

    Causes of a Wrist Sprain

    Anyone can get a sprain if they fall. However, they are most common in sports, such as:

    • Basketball players
    • Baseball players
    • Gymnasts
    • Divers
    • Skiers, especially when they fall while still holding a pole
    • Skaters
    • Skateboarders
    • Inline skaters

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      South Florida Hand Center has become the preferred orthopedic practice for the treatment of a Sprained Wrist in Broward and Palm Beach. Call us 24/7 at 888-409-8006 to schedule an appointment or use the button below.

      Symptoms of a Sprained Wrist 

      • Pain
      • Weakness
      • Swelling
      • Bruising
      • Tenderness and warmth around the injury
      • Feeling a popping or tearing in the wrist
      • Loss of motion

       

      Treatment for a Wrist Sprain

      Wrist sprains are typically very minor injuries. In fact, minor sprains can heal on their own with a little time and TLC. Furthermore, to speed up your recovery you can try conservative methods, such as the RIC Method:

      • Rest: Make sure to rest your wrist for at least 48 hours. 
      • Ice: For 20-30 minutes every 3-4 hours, ice your wrist.
      • Compression: A compression bandage will help with any swelling.
      • Elevation: It’s important to elevate your wrist as often as possible to reduce swelling and inflammation.

       

      In addition, these conservative methods are also recommended:

      Anti-inflammatory Medications: Painkillers and anti-inflammatory drugs can help reduce the swelling and aid in pain relief. 

      Splint: A splint or cast is often a good idea to mobilize the wrist. Make sure to speak to your doctor first though, having your wrist in a splint for too long can also do damage.

      Stretching & exercises: These are very important for your recovery. However, it’s a good idea to speak to a physical therapist for a list of what exercises are recommended. 

      If you suspect a wrist sprain or strain, call us immediately at 888-409-8006. Our top hand/wrist specialist is here to help! Locations throughout South Florida.