Wrist Sprain Specialist

Expert Wrist Sprain Surgeon in Kansas City, MO

What is a Sprained Wrist?

When the strong ligaments that support the wrist stretch too far or tear, this is called a wrist sprain. This happens when the wrist is forcefully bent or twisted, like when a person falls onto an outstretched hand. Wrist sprains are common injuries, and depending on how badly the ligaments are hurt, they can range from mild to severe.

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Wrist Sprain Severity

Depending on how badly the ligaments are hurt, there are different types of sprains:

  • Grade 1 – The ligaments are stretched but not torn
  • Grade 2 – The ligaments are partially torn and may involve some loss of function in the wrist
  • Grade 3 – This is a severe sprain that involves the ligament being completely torn or pulled off of the bone. This type of injury will require surgery to treat

Wrist Sprain Symptoms

A sprained wrist is very painful and may come with these other symptoms:

  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Soreness to the touch
  • A warm feeling around the wrist
  • A popping or tearing feeling at the time of injury

Treatment for a Sprained Wrist

Your treatment will depend on the severity of your injury. Treatment for a wrist sprain may include:

  • Home care – Mild wrist sprains will usually heal on their own with the help of RICE therapy; rest, ice, compression, and elevation
  • Wrist splint – Keeps the wrist still to allow healing, followed by some stretching exercises to help loosen your stiff wrist
  • Surgery – Severe sprains may need wrist surgery to repair the torn ligament
  • Physical therapy – Sometimes a moderate sprain may require physical therapy to help regain strength and mobility. This treatment will be needed after surgery to help aid in recovery and regaining the full use of the wrist

Orthopedic Wrist Doctors

Here at Ortho Health of KC, our experienced physicians are ready to help you achieve your pain-free, mobile lifestyle. If you have injured your wrist, please call us at (816)239-3843 and set up an appointment at one of our locations.