Sprain / Strain, Wrist (Moderate)
A strain is an inflammation to the tendons that connect muscles to the bones and is typically caused by overuse or repetitive use. Tenderness, pain and mild swelling usually occur with a strain. If left untreated the strained tendons can start to pull away from the muscle with slight tearing progressing to tendinitis. The strained muscle area should be rested and allowed to heal. Compressive supports or braces help hold the muscles and tendons in proper position to allow healing to begin and help prevent further tearing. A moderate wrist sprain is a partial tearing of a ligament group (versus a tendon as in a strain) in the wrist or hand. With a moderate sprain there is increased amounts of pain, swelling and even bruising may occur with a partial loss of function. A wrist brace or splint is typically indicated to hold the joint in place to allow healing of the ligament and help relieve pain. During periods of rest the injured joint should be elevated and treated with cold therapy in twenty minute intervals.