Sprains and Ligament Injuries

sprained wristAre You Limited by a Ligament Injury?

Hand and wrist sprains are common injuries that occur as you use your hands. A sprain is an injury to a ligament, which connects one bone to another. Sprains and ligament injuries can range in severity. Sprains can be painful and limit your hand's range of motion. The more severe the injury, the more important it is for you to receive treatment from a specialist in hand and wrist conditions, who can provide more advanced treatment for your particular needs.

What Are the Causes and Symptoms of a Hand or Wrist Sprain?

Sprains sometimes occur after a sudden impact involving the hand or wrist, such as a fall. Immediate pain is a common symptom of a sprain. Other symptoms include:

  • Swelling.
  • Persistent pain.
  • Bruising or discoloration of the skin.
  • A popping or tearing feeling or sound when you move your hand or wrist.
  • A warm or feverish feeling in your hand or wrist.

How Are Sprains Diagnosed and Treated?

During your exam, your doctor will check for swelling and pain as you move your hand and wrist. X-rays can rule out fractures. Your doctor may recommend additional tests to make the most accurate sprain diagnosis.

Hand or wrist sprain treatment depends on its severity. For very mild sprains, your doctor may recommend “Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation,” or “R.I.C.E.” This involves resting and icing the sprain, using compressive garments, and elevating the injury whenever possible to minimize swelling. Over-the-counter medication may also help temporarily alleviate pain.

Sometimes your physician may recommend splinting your hand and wrist for a week or more, so that the sprain can resolve. When other ligament injury treatment options do not work, surgery may be the best answer. You may also need to receive therapy in order to help regain your strength and range of motion.

MHS Experience and Advanced Resources Help You Heal Faster

Ligament injuries can range from mild sprains to complete tears that require surgical intervention to resolve. Regardless of the severity of your injury, we have the experienced professionals and resources to help you. Our fellowship-trained hand specialists have treated thousands of ligament injuries throughout more than a decade serving the Chicago area.

MHS is committed to bringing the highest level of expertise, leading-edge therapeutic approaches, and the most advanced equipment, all to achieve the best possible outcome for you. Call us at 630-359-6888, or contact us today through our secure form to schedule a prompt appointment.