The wrist is one of the most complex areas of the body, made up of many bones, ligaments, and muscles. Wrist sprains most commonly occur in people who place a lot of stress on the wrist joint such as gymnasts, boxers, tennis players, weightlifters, industrial workers, etc.
Acute wrist sprains are usually caused by a fall on an outstretched hand or sport related overuse.
– Sports that increase risk of falling.
– Muscle weakness.
– Type of activity.
– Previous history of wrist injuries.
– Pain in the wrist.
– Stiffness in the wrist.
– Loss of range of motion.
– Pain with weightbearing on hand (push up, plank, etc.)
At Home Diagnostic Tests
– Plank test (see video).
– Range of Motion (see video).
At Home Care
– Avoid irritating activity.
– Comfort care: ice, NSAIDS as needed.
When to Seek Help
If you have pain at the base of your thumb (scaphoid), see your orthopedic provider or physical therapist as soon as possible as you may have a scaphoid fracture. If you don’t have any of the above symptoms, see your physical therapist if your symptoms affect your ability to participate in your sport or if they do not improve within a week.