At Shoreline Orthopaedics, our orthopaedic surgeons use a truly collaborative approach so our patients have the benefit of multiple expert opinions, without having to go elsewhere to obtain them.
Shoreline Orthopaedics provides more comprehensive services, state-of-the-art options, technologies and techniques than anyone else in the area.
The following information is provided to help you understand what you can expect from us regarding policies and procedures, and also what is expected of you before and after treatment or procedures.
The following information is provided to help you gain a better understanding of anatomy, terminology, certain orthopaedic procedures, and more. If you have any questions, feel free to ask your physician.
The wrist is a complex joint containing 8 small bones (carpals), the lower end of the forearm bones (distal radius and ulna), and many strong bands of connective tissue (ligaments) that connect one bone to another and support the joints of the body.
A sprain occurs when a ligament is forced to stretch beyond its normal range, or when the elastic fibers of the ligament are torn. Wrist sprains are common injuries that can occur with use. They are often caused by a fall, such as onto an outstretched hand, or when the joint is bent forcefully or suddenly twisted.
Wrist sprains are graded according to the degree of injury to the ligaments, and they can range from mild to severe.
The symptoms of a wrist sprain may vary in intensity and location. Commonly experienced symptoms include one or more of the following:
It is important to note that in some instances, even with a severe sprain or fracture, there may be little swelling and you may be able to move the wrist without much discomfort. In all but very mild cases, it is necessary to have the injury evaluated by your physician.
Prompt medical diagnosis and treatment are essential to avoid long-lasting stiffness and pain. For example, an unrecognized (occult) fracture may be mistakenly considered a mild or moderately sprained wrist. If the broken bone is left undiagnosed and untreated, it may require surgery that could have been avoided with early, appropriate treatment. In some instances, however, surgical repair of a torn ligament is required in order to help prevent future problems.
Mild wrist sprains can usually be treated at home. Your physician may recommend the following:
Severe sprains may require surgery to repair the fully torn ligament and reconnect it to the bone. Your orthopaedic surgeon will discuss the surgical options that best meet the needs of your injury.
With any surgery there are some risks, and these vary from person to person. Complications are typically minor, treatable and unlikely to affect your final outcome. Your orthopaedic surgeon will speak to you prior to surgery to explain any potential risks and complications that may be associated with your procedure.
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