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Do You Have a Sprained Wrist?

A wrist sprain is a common injury in active people. Most of the time, this injury occurs when an athlete falls on the wrist or puts undue pressure upon it. Any amount of undue force that places the wrist in a position past its normal range of motion can result in torn or strained ligaments, referred to as a wrist sprain.

Symptoms of a Wrist Sprain

A sprained wrist is a fairly common injury among athletes

Usually, you'll have no problem identifying the time and cause of this injury. But here are the symptoms of a sprained wrist. If you have these, you may have a sprained wrist, but visit your orthopaedist to find out the severity.

In a mild wrist sprain, the symptoms may be:

  • tenderness

  • slight swelling

  • mild pain when you move your wrist

In a more severe wrist sprain, the symptoms may be:

  • a change in the "shape" of the wrist, due to swelling

  • bruising and/or discoloration (black-and-blue)

  • significant pain while manipulating or moving the wrist

The Three Grades of Wrist Sprain

A sprained wrist can vary from mild to severe

Grade One - This is a "mild" sprain

The wrist's ligaments are stretched or have microscopic tears.

Grade Two - This is a "moderate" sprain

The damage is more severe, and some wrist ligaments may be partially torn.

Grade Three - This is considered a "severe" sprain

One or more wrist ligaments are entirely torn or torn away from where they normally attach to bones.

How Long Does a Sprained Wrist Take to Heal?

A wrist injury can slow down athletes, big time. If you think you have a sprained wrist, get it looked at.

If you only have a mild sprain, you are in luck, because you will usually see an improvement in 2-3 days.

However, if you have a severe sprain, you might be looking at weeks (or even months) until full recovery.

If you think you have a severe sprain, make sure to visit your sports doc or orthopaedic surgeon to get it looked at. Im some cases, we may have to do surgery to fix the ligaments.

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