Wrist sprain usually occurs after a fall on an outstretched hand. This results in stretching or tearing in the ligaments of the wrist. It is a common type of injury in sports such as inline skating, snowboarding, soccer, football, baseball and volleyball.
The common signs and symptoms of a wrist sprain include:
In case of severe injury (complete tear of the ligament), there may be a deformity, numbness, and severe pain. You may be unable to move the wrist or the wrist joint may seem unstable on movement.
Depending on the severity of injury wrist sprains are graded as:
If the injury is mild, the symptoms of injury (pain and swelling) begin to improve in a few days. If you have severe pain or swelling, consult a doctor to rule out fracture of a bone in the wrist.