Sprained Wrist and Thumb Treatment at CMC Dubai

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Wrist and Thumb Sprain Treatment

Sprains are common injuries that can occur in the wrist and thumb. A sprain occurs when the ligaments in a joint are stretched or torn due to excessive force, twisting or bending. In the wrist and thumb, sprains are usually caused by a fall, sports injury or sudden twist.

Sprained Wrist

A sprained wrist is a common injury that can cause pain, swelling, and limited mobility in the wrist joint. Symptoms of a sprained wrist may include tenderness, bruising, and difficulty moving the wrist.

Sprained Thumb

A sprained thumb, also known as a skier’s thumb, is an injury to the ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) located on the inside of the thumb. Symptoms of a sprained thumb may include pain, swelling, and difficulty gripping or pinching objects.


Symptoms of a Sprained Wrist and Thumb

Symptoms of a sprain can vary depending on the severity of the injury, but some common symptoms of sprains include:

Pain: Pain is usually the first symptom of a sprain. The pain can range from mild to severe, depending on the extent of the injury.

Swelling: Swelling is another common symptom of a sprain. The affected area may become swollen and tender to the touch.

Bruising: Bruising may occur around the affected area, typically appearing within a few hours or days after the injury.

Limited Range of Motion: A sprain can cause limited range of motion in the affected joint, making it difficult to move or use the injured body part.

Instability: A sprain can cause the affected joint to feel unstable or wobbly, making it difficult to put weight on the injured body part.

Popping Sound or Sensation: In some cases, a popping sound or sensation may occur at the time of the injury.


Causes of a Wrist and Thumb Sprain

Sprains can be caused by a variety of factors, including:

Sports Injuries: Sprains are a common injury among athletes and can be caused by a sudden twisting or impact to the joint during sports activities.

Falls: Falling can cause sprains, particularly when trying to break a fall with outstretched hands or twisting a joint during the fall.

Fatigue: Fatigue or weakness of the muscles surrounding a joint can increase the risk of sprains, particularly during physical activity.

Poor Conditioning: Poor physical conditioning or inadequate warm-up prior to exercise can increase the risk of sprains.

Poor Balance or Coordination: Poor balance or coordination can increase the risk of falls and subsequent sprains.

Repetitive Motions: Repetitive motions such as typing, using a mouse, or playing musical instruments can increase the risk of sprains in the hands and wrists.

Overuse: Overuse of the hands, such as carrying heavy objects or performing manual labor, can increase the risk of sprains.

Trauma: Trauma to the hand, such as a direct blow or crush injury, can cause sprains.

Poor Grip Strength: Weakness in the muscles of the hands and wrists can increase the risk of sprains. Arthritis: Arthritis, particularly rheumatoid arthritis, can increase the risk of sprains in the hands and wrists.


Treatments for a Sprained Wrist and Thumb

The treatment for sprained wrists and thumbs may vary depending on the severity of the injury. In general, the treatment options for sprained wrists and thumbs include:

Rest: It is important to rest the injured wrist or thumb as much as possible to allow the ligaments to heal. Avoid activities that put stress on the affected joint, and take frequent breaks to avoid aggravating the injury.

Ice: Applying ice to the affected area can help reduce pain and swelling. Apply ice for 20 minutes at a time, several times a day, for the first few days after the injury.

Compression: Applying compression to the injured area can help reduce swelling and provide support. Use a compression bandage or wrap to help stabilize the joint and reduce swelling.

Elevation: Keeping the affected joint elevated above heart level can help reduce swelling and promote healing.

Medications: Over-the-counter pain relievers such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen can help alleviate pain and reduce inflammation.

Immobilization: In more severe cases, immobilization with a splint, brace or cast may be necessary to allow the ligaments to heal properly.

Physical Therapy: After the initial acute phase of the injury has passed, physical therapy may be recommended to help regain strength and mobility in the affected area.

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