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Diagnosis and Symptons

Wrist sprain is caused by damage to the wrist ligaments. These ligaments stabilise the bones of the forearm (radius and ulna) and connect to the carpal bones (between the hand and forearm).

The most common cause is by overstretching of the ligaments by falling on an outstretched hand. The severity may be classified as mild, moderate and severe ranging from stretching of ligaments to complete ligament rupture.

Symptoms may include swelling and pain, restriction of movement. In many cases it is advisable to have the wrist x-rayed to rule out the possibility of wrist fracture.

Preventative measures

Proper warm-up and stretching routines are vitally important in prevention particularly in sports where the risk of wrist injury is high. Strengthening exercises are often overlooked for the wrist. Flexibility and strengthening routines may be devised by your health professional.

Wrist supports may be of use if exercising on an injury. The risk of further damage to an injured wrist is high and chronic injuries may result. Always seek the advice of a medical professional.

Some supports may also contain braces which prevent wrist movement. Wrist and hand guards may be beneficial in contact sports such as hurling.

For serious injury always consult your doctor or physiotherapist. 
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Last update: 16/05/2013 12:38 • Previous update: 30/11/-0001 00:00