A sprained wrist is a common and painful injury and, at the very least, can be an annoyance given the frequency we rely on our wrists for daily work, chores, and activities.
A wrist sprain often occurs during a fall on an outstretched hand, when the force of the twist or direct blow causes the wrist ligaments to stretch abnormally. If the wrist ligaments stretch or tear they become inflamed and pain and swelling sets in. A fall may happen in during sports, in icy weather, or simply if balance is lost while walking.
The wrist is made up of 8 small bones, referred to as carpal bones. These bones lie between the radius and ulna in the forearm and the metacarpal bones in the palm of the hand and are arranged in 2 rows. The 4 bones next to the forearm are called the proximal row and the 4 bones that run along the hand are called the distal row. These wrist bones are held together by ligaments which are tough connective bands of tissue that attach the bones in the wrists together. Along with the bones, they stabilize the wrist and hand, balancing the joint and allowing movement in various directions.
Grades of Ligament Sprains
The ligaments in the wrist can be sprained to varying degrees depending on the force that caused the sprain and the strength of the ligaments and wrist bones. There are 3 difference grades of sprains and the grade is determined by the severity of the tissue damage.
Grade 1 - Mild Sprain
A grade 1 sprain is the least serious of ligament sprains. Stretching or some minor tearing of the wrist ligaments occurs but the wrist remain reasonably stable. These injuries usually heal well if treated quickly with rest (a brace can help limit movement) and cold compression therapy. Once the stretching and minor tears have healed, it is important to improve the health of the ligaments and tendons, restore the elasticity, and strengthen the wrist joint with Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy™ (BFST®) to reduce the risk of re-injuring it again.
Grade 2 - Moderate Sprain
A grade 2 sprain occurs when a ligament is partially torn but still intact. If you have a grade 2 sprain, strength in the wrist is reduced. This grade of sprain can also be effectively treated with cold compression and BFST®. It is recommended that you allow your wrist to rest and possibly wear a brace to immobilize the joint and allow it to heal.
Grade 3 - Severe Sprain
When a wrist ligament is completely torn it is considered a grade 3 sprain or tear. The stability of the wrist joing is greatly reduced and pain is evident. Treatment of a complete ligament tear requires surgery to reattach the ligament to the wrist bone or back together at the point of the tear on the ligament. Cold compression and BFST® can be used prior to surgery to minimize tissue damage, resulting in a less invasive surgery.
In addition, using these therapies following surgery will help to repair and strengthen any damaged ligaments or tendons more completely. With these therapies you will have less scar tissue formation ini the wrist allowing for more flexibility and less pain than if it was left to heal on its own.
If you have suffered a wrist sprain you may be experiencing the following symptoms:
- Pain when you move your wrist, and possibly when at rest
- Burning and tenderness in the joint
- Instability and loss of strength in the wrist
- Swelling and bruising
- Snapping or clicking in the joint may eventually occur if the ligaments do not heal properly, causing the bones to slide incorrectly as the wrist moves
Wrist Sprain Treatments
It is very important to heal a wrist sprain properly to decrease the chance of re-injury and chronic problems in the future. A sprain that is left untreated or does not heal properly can cause more pain in the wrist, leave it weak and more prone to injury, and may lead to conditions such as osteoarthritis.
Osteoarthritis is a degenerative condition in the wrist bone joints, where the articular cartilage that covers the bones becomes damaged and inflamed. Anytime a wrist injury, like a sprain, disrupts the normal motion of the joints the joint mechanics do not operate properly. This puts stress on the articular carliage on the ends of the bones, causing damage that continues over time if the mechanics are not corrected. Osteoarthritis evertually causes pain and stiffness in the wrist and hand.
Fortunately, with the help of ColdCure Technology® and Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy™ you can heal your wrist sprain damage fasterwith less scar tissue and greater ligament fiber alignment, leaving your wrist stronger and pain free.
Freezie Wrap® Cold Compression Therapy
Doctors recommend using cold compression as soon as possible following a wrist injury or re-injury to reduce pain and swelling and minimize tissue damage.
The Wrist Freezie Wrap® allows you to treat your joint in an effective and convenient way. The wrap is versatile with Velcro attachments so you can wrap it around your hand, wrist or forearm where you need it. It's adjustable which allows you to control the compression to your comfort level.
Designed with ColdCure Technology®, the gel packs are chilled in the fridge not the freezer. This eliminates the risk of cryoburn, or 'cold burns', on your skin that can be cause by ice and strandard freezer gel packs. You can also wear the Freezie Wrap® for longer treatments so you can enjoy even more relief from your wrist, hand, or thumb pain!
Cold Compression Therapy works by interrupting and slowing nerve and cell function in the injured area and reducing swelling that can block blood vessels. This is important because once blood vessels are blocked or damaged, they can no longer carry oxygenated blood to the tendons, ligaments or muscles and tissue cells begin to break-down. Without cold compression therapy cellular break-down and tissue damage continues as the cells do not get the oxygen they need to survive. By limiting the amount of damage done to your tendon, you also limit the amount of healing that needs to occur. This is a very important step to heal your wrist faster and with less pain!
The deep cooling effect provided by the Wrist Freezie Wrap® gives you the fast, effective relief your sore wrist has been looking for!
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Inferno Wrap® Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy™
After the inflammation and swelling is gone you can begin to treat your wrist with Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy™ (BFST®). BFST® increases the amount of blood that flows naturally to your wrist to nourish your tendons and ligaments to speed healing.
Connective tissue receives a limited blood supply by nature and this significantly reduces the ability to heal.
By treating your tendons and ligaments with BFST® you can increase your body's blood supply to the wrist and increase your body's natural healing power. In addition, the fresh blood flow whisks away dead cells and toxins that have built up from the injury leaving the area clean and able to heal faster. Our Wrist Inferno Wrap® provides effective, non-invasive, non-addictive pain relief and healing with no side effects.
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With these easy-to-use, home therapies you will notice incredible improvement in the health and flexibility and reduced daily pain in your wrist. The more diligent you are with your treatment and rehabilitation, the faster you will see successful results!
Please be aware that this information is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider before starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.