Wrist Sprain and Ultrasound
Whenever you injure any part of your body you need to be careful and treat it properly so that it can heal well and a wrist sprain is no different. Having a wrist injury or sprain makes even the most common actions such as shaking someone’s hand unpleasant. Making sure that you know how to identify and determine that you have a wrist sprain will allow you to seek the most effective treatment. There have been strives in treatment options for wrist sprains such as therapeutic ultrasound that can help to rehabilitate injuries much faster than before.
Wrist sprains are a common condition that may be caused by damage or tearing of the connective tissue of the wrist. The connective tissue includes any ligaments, cartilage, and joint capsules in the wrist. The wrist is an intersection of 8 bones of the hand and two bones of the forearm. Between each of these bones there are the joints that are comprised of the connective tissue and if there is repetitive or high force damage occurs, the resulting damage can result in a wrist sprain.
People commonly sustain a wrist sprain when they fall and brace their weight with an outstretched hand. This is a natural movement that we use to protect ourselves and can result in damage to the weakest link; our wrist. Another way you can sprain your wrist is through repetitive manual labor such as hammering or use of a screw driver.
A wrist sprain is often felt as an abrupt onset of pain. On the other hand, a repetitive activity causes micro damage, which can be felt in the long run. Symptoms would be a painful sensation on any or all sides of the wrist or adjoining part of the hands or forearms. The pain is also made worse when attempting to use the wrist with any amount of force applied such as picking up something heavy or putting weight by leaning on the affected area. Even a firm touch on the sprained wrist may cause pain and may be valuable in isolating the specific area that is affected.
If the wrist sprain is minor to moderate in severity then normal activity can be resumed in 2-6 weeks with treatment and rehabilitation. With a more severe sprain, the recovery time can be much longer and the rehabilitation will be more thorough. Physiotherapy is recommended to accelerate the healing process and properly rehabilitate a sprained wrist. The physiotherapy will consist of soft tissue massage, therapeutic ultrasound, joint mobilization, ice or heat, and exercises that will help to strengthen the wrist.
Using ultrasound therapy to accelerate the healing process is a great way to get back to optimal condition quickly. The ultrasound waves cause vibration and heat that is usually unobservable by the person receiving the treatment. This heat will loosen the connective tissue and better allow the exercises to be performed, which leads to accelerated healing.
A wrist sprain is not usually a major injury but it can decrease your quality of life especially if you do not take time to rehabilitate the sprain effectively. Therapeutic ultrasound that is administered in conjunction with your exercises and activities performed by the physiotherapist will decrease the amount of time that you spend rehabilitating and allow you to be back in action much sooner. Use all of the tools that are available and you will be back to optimal performance in no time.