Wrist Sprain

Erin Nance, MD -  - Orthopedic Surgeon

Nance MD Hand Surgery

Erin Nance, MD

Orthopedic Surgeon & Hand and Upper Extremity Specialist located in Midtown East, New York, NY

If a fall has left you with persistent pain and swelling in your wrist, don’t ignore your symptoms. At Nance MD Hand Surgery in Midtown East, New York, Dr. Erin Nance offers advanced diagnostics and personalized treatment options to restore your mobility, alleviate pain, and prevent further complications. Prompt treatment ensures your wrist heals correctly so you can return to your normal activities without limitation. Learn more about treating wrist sprains by calling the office or booking an appointment online.

Wrist Sprain Q & A

What is a wrist sprain?

A wrist sprain occurs when you stretch the ligaments of your wrist too far. It’s even possible to tear these ligaments that support your wrist and connect wrist bones properly.

Sprains can be a small tear in the ligament fibers or involve a complete tear that affects the ligament’s attachment to the bone.

How do wrist sprains occur?

The most common cause of a wrist sprain is falling onto your outstretched hand. You can also experience a wrist sprain when performing activities where your wrist bends or twists forcefully, such as hitting a volleyball.

What are the symptoms of a wrist sprain?

Pain in your wrist is often the first indication of a sprain. You may also experience symptoms like:

  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Tenderness

Your wrist may feel warm to the touch, and it’s possible you can hear a popping or tearing sound when you move your wrist.

How is a wrist sprained diagnosed?

Dr. Nance listens to your symptoms and evaluates your level of pain and range of motion with wrist movements.

With severe pain and swelling, you could have a more serious issue, such as a bone fracture. Dr. Nance may recommend imaging tests to confirm a sprain and rule out other problems.

An X-ray can rule out a broken or fractured bone. An MRI scan or CT scan may be useful in viewing the ligaments to find the tear.

What treatments are available for wrist sprains?

Dr. Nance evaluates the severity of your sprain to determine the best course of treatment. For mild sprains, she may recommend rest and ice therapy to reduce swelling.

For moderate sprains, you may need to use a wrist splint to stabilize your arm and allow your wrist time to heal.

Severe sprains that don’t respond to splint therapy may need surgery. Bad tears in your ligament that need to be repaired or reattached to the ligament may be the best option for proper healing.

Following surgery, Dr. Nance will have you go through physical therapy to strengthen your wrist and increase your range of motion.

It’s crucial to have wrist pain evaluated immediately to ensure there aren’t breaks or fractures. Early treatment also ensures your ligaments heal properly and don’t cause additional complications with your wrist functionality.

To learn more about your treatment options for wrist sprains, schedule a consultation online or by phone.