Wrist Sprain – Carrollton, TX
Dr. Neagle, a Carrollton, TX, based hand and wrist surgeon specializes in the treatment of various orthopedic conditions. He uses advanced surgical and non-surgical techniques to treat wrist sprains.

Wrist Sprain

Wrist sprain is a common injury that occurs when the ligaments (tissues connecting the bones) in the wrist are forcefully bent or stretched beyond limits. This may occur due to a fall or accident leading to tearing or stretching of the ligaments. Although athletes, wrestlers, skiers, gymnasts are more prone to wrist sprains but daily activities involving repetitive wrist movements may also lead to the injury. A wrist sprains may be categorized as follows depending on the severity of damage:

  • Grade 1- involves mild stretching of ligament.
  • Grade 2- partial tearing of the ligament
  • Grade 3- severe injury involving complete tearing of ligaments

Wrist sprains should never be ignored and it is advisable to get immediate medical help to avoid any chronic disability in the future.

Causes Of Wrist Sprain

  • Falling  on an outstretched hand
  • Excessive twisting of the wrist
  • Injury while weight lifting or boxing
  • Undue pressure on the wrist

Symptoms Of Wrist Sprain

  • Pain can be experienced at the time of injury and, in some cases, may persist for a longer duration
  • Swelling and soreness in the wrist
  • Bruising
  • Popping or tearing sensation at the time of injury
  • The skin around the injured wrist may feel warm
  • Inability to move the wrist
  • Numbness

Diagnosis Of Wrist Sprain

  • A complete review of the medical history, previous wrist injuries and the current symptoms experienced by the patient.
  • Physical examination of the hand and arm to rule out occurrence of any other complication.
  • X-ray, MRI or a CT scan may be prescribed to analyze the severity of damage.
  • Arthrogram may be conducted during which a kind of a dye is injected into the wrist joint to get a better view of the ligaments and adjoining bones

Treatment For Wrist Sprain

A wrist sprain is generally treated non- surgically if it falls in either Grade 1 or 2 category. The methods of treatment may involve one or more of the following:

  • Giving sufficient rest to the affected wrist for atleast 48 hours
  • Application of an ice pack
  • Compression using an elastic bandage
  • Keeping the affected wrist elevated
  • Anti inflammatory drugs or pain killers may be prescribed
  • Exercises to strengthen the muscles and regain mobility of the hand
  • Immobilization of the injured hand using a splint or a cast
  • Sportsperson should abstain from playing to prevent further injury
  • Surgical intervention may be required if the injury falls into Grade 3 which is often severe. The procedure involves reconnecting and repairing the torn ligaments to restore complete mobility of the joint. A rehabilitation period of 6-8 weeks is generally prescribed for full recovery.

For diagnosis and treatment of wrist sprain, visit Dr. Neagle. To schedule an appointment with the orthopedic surgeon in Carrollton, you can call at (972) 492 - 1334.