Catching oneself on an outstretched hand while falling forward often causes sprains of the ligaments that connect the bones within the wrist joint or in the main ligament responsible for grasping and pinching motions (the ulnar collateral ligament).
Wrist and thumb sprains are a common injury in sports medicine, especially in skiing, skateboarding, rollerblading, and other sports in which falling forward often occurs. You can reduce your risk of sprains by wearing wrist guards while engaging in these activities, and by using caution in wet or icy conditions.
Diagnosis of a sprain will include a thorough examination of the wrist and arm, a complete medical history, and details of the accident causing the sprain. In some cases, an X-ray may be necessary to determine whether a fracture has occurred.
According to our doctors, mild sprains can be treated by RICE (rest, ice, compression, and elevation). However a qualified doctor should be consulted for an evaluation of your condition.
More severe sprains may require immobilization in a splint or surgery to repair the torn ligament.
Immobilization in a cast for 6-8 weeks to allow the injury to heal will then be necessary.
If you believe you have wrist sprain or thumb sprain and need a consultation with an orthopedic surgeon, request and appointment today.