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Sprained Wrist Overview

Another name for Sprained Wrist is Wrist Sprain.

What is a wrist sprain?
A person with a wrist sprain has a stretched or torn a ligament in the wrist. Ligaments are strong fibrous bands that hold the bones in place during movement.

What are the symptoms of a wrist sprain?
The most common symptom of a wrist sprain is wrist pain that is worse with movement. Additional symptoms of a wrist sprain may include wrist swelling, wrist tenderness, and decreased range of motion of the wrist.

How does the doctor treat a wrist sprain?
Treatment for a wrist sprain may include rest, elevation, cold compresses, a forearm splint, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain.

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Last Updated: Jun 9, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Sprained Wrist References
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