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 assist 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.