Sprained Wrist

What is a Sprained Wrist?

A sprained wrist is a type of orthopedic injury where the ligaments that connect the wrist and hand are partially or completely torn.

SOS wrist doctors are experienced in caring for wrist sprains.

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Sprained Wrist Symptoms

Common sprained wrist symptoms include, but are not necessarily limited to:

  • Wrist pain
  • Wrist swelling
  • A tender, warm sensation near the part of the body where the injury occurred
  • A pop or tear sensation in the wrist
  • Bruising

To prevent the risk of a sprained wrist becoming more severe, it's important to seek medical attention.

While a sprained wrist is not a medical emergency, the wrist pain associated with a sprained wrist can be extremely bothersome. For immediate medical care for a sprained wrist, get driving directions to an SOS PLUS office near you.

Sprained Wrist Causes

A sprained wrist develops from an impact or trauma to the wrist. This includes:

  • The wrist being hit
  • The wrist being twisted or experiencing extreme pressure

Because of this, a sprained wrist is a common type of athletic injury. Sports where a sprained wrist are common include, but are not necessarily limited to:

  • Basketball
  • Baseball
  • Gymnastics
  • Diving
  • Skiing
  • Skateboarding

Sprained Wrist Treatment

Treatment for a sprained wrist depends on the severity.

A common treatment that also applies for a sprained wrist is RICE -- Rest, Ice, Compress (with a bandage), and Elevate (keep your wrist elevated above your heart with a pillow).

For a more severe sprained wrist, treatment options may include:

Sprained Wrist Surgery

If a sprained wrist is severe to the point that the ligament is snapped, surgery may be necessary.

The team of SOS wrist surgeons are experienced in performing sprained wrist surgeries. Sprained wrist surgery may be necessary for a complete recovery.

You or Your Loved One's Wrist Pain May Be Caused By a Sprained Wrist. See an SOS Wrist Doctor.

The wrist doctors at Syracuse Orthopedic Specialists (SOS) can diagnose, care for and treat a sprained wrist. To help prevent further damage and to relieve wrist pain that may be caused by a sprained wrist...

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