A to Z: Sprain, Wrist
More to Know
The wrist joint is made of bones, ligaments (strong bands that hold the bones together), and tendons (bands that attach muscle to bone). People may sprain a wrist when they trip and hold their hand out to stop the fall. Those who play sports that involve a lot of repeated wrist motions can also get sprains, especially if they take on these activities too quickly.
Keep in Mind
A wrist sprain is a common injury. While it can be quite painful, it usually heals within a few weeks.
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