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"In many parts of the country, it is still slip-and-fall season, which means a higher risk of wrist sprains. Even though the season is almost over, it’s still possible to sprain a wrist while participating in sports, either by falling or colliding with another player in a way that causes the wrist to bend too far backwards.
A wrist sprain is an injury to the ligaments that connect the wrist and hand bones. These ligaments might become stretched with a minor sprain or completely torn with a more severe injury. Minor sprains can often be treated at home by immobilizing the joint and managing the pain. More severe sprains could require surgery to repair the torn connective tissues.
Symptoms of a Sprained Wrist
If you have sustained a wrist injury by falling or bending the joint during athletic activity, look for signs of a sprain, such as:
Pain when the injury occurred
Swelling around the wrist
Pain when moving the wrist
Bruising and tenderness
A popping or tearing sensation with movement
If you’re not sure whether your wrist is sprained or fractured, consult with a physician to get an X-ray and a complete diagnosis. Even a sprain could require medical intervention to prevent long-term issues, so unless you’re certain that it’s just a minor sprain, it’s a good idea to schedule a doctor visit.
Pain Treatment for a Sprained Wrist
Minor wrist sprains will heal themselves over time, but they do come with pain as the body goes through its natural inflammatory response. You can treat pain and swelling with RICE (rest, ice, compression, elevation) treatment or with more advanced solutions like a cryotherapy system.
Cold and compression help naturally reduce pain by temporarily numbing nerve endings and reducing swelling. Applying ice packs is effective, but a cryotherapy system increases the effectiveness of cold by maintaining a consistent temperature and providing active compression to enable cold to penetrate deeper. Active compression also pumps away the excess fluid that contributes to swelling, so you get multiple benefits in one treatment system. If you want to go beyond the ice pack to treat pain at home, talk to a physical therapist about renting a cold therapy system."