Wrist sprains occur when the ligaments of the wrist are stretched beyond their normal limits. Wrist sprains are graded according to the severity of the injury:

  • Grade I: Mild injury, the ligaments are stretched, but no significant tearing has occurred.
  • Grade II: Moderate injury, the ligaments may be partially torn.
  • Grade III: Severe wrist sprain, the ligaments are completely torn, and there may be instability of the joint.

Some common symptoms of a wrist sprain include:

  • Pain with movement of the wrist
  • Swelling around the wrist joint
  • Bruising or discoloration of the skin
  • Burning or tingling sensations around the wrist

The diagnosis of a wrist sprain is made by knowing how the injury occurred, and looking at the physical examination findings. There are other wrist problems that can have similar symptoms to a sprain, including wrist tendonitis and a wrist fracture or scaphoid fracture. To ensure that there are not broken bones around the joint, medical imaging using X-Rays and in some cases a MRI can be helpful. This may be done if the diagnosis is unclear or if the symptoms do not resolve as expected. KT Tape provides both support and a mechanical assistance to the damaged ligaments reducing pain while enabling greater range of movement during the recovery process. KT Tape is an appropriate treatment for grade I and grade II sprains and late recovery stages of grade III sprains.

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