Wrist Sprain/Strain

What is a wrist sprain?

A sprain is a stretching or tearing of the ligaments (the tough bands of fibrous tissue that connect two bones together in your joints). They typically occur when the tissue around the joint gets stressed due to repetitive, unusual or forceful movement of the joint.

Common Symptoms

In a mild sprain, your wrist may be slightly swollen and tender. You may experience mild pain when you move it.  In more severe sprains, swelling can change the shape of your wrist and bruising (discoloration) may occur.

Causes

Most commonly, a wrist sprain is caused by bending, twisting and/or forceful impacts on the wrist.  Wrist sprains commonly occur from car accidents, falls and playing sports.  Sometimes, repeated trauma or overextension of ligaments may also cause sprains.

Treatment

Chiropractic care helps maintain and restore proper mobility which helps heal damage to soft tissue so that pain and inflammation decrease.  Further, adjustments that help maintain mobility will allow tissues and bones to heal with correct alignment, promoting less chance of injury in the future.

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