There are three types of wrist ligament sprains depending on their level of severity:
- Grade 1: the wrist ligaments are stretched, but not torn.
- Grade 2: the wrist ligaments are partially torn.
- Grade 3: the wrist ligaments are completely torn. These type of wrist injuries require medical or surgical care.
A torn ligament in the wrist can cause the following symptoms:
- Pain in the wrist at the time of the injury, and pain while moving the wrist after the injury.
- Swelling of the wrist.
- Bruising of the skin around the wrist.
- A feeling of popping or tearing in the wrist.
A torn wrist ligament is a more severe type of wrist sprain, which occurs when the wrist ligaments are stretched beyond their range of motion to the point where they tear. Ligaments are bands of tissue that connect bones.
It is recommended that you seek medical attention for all kinds of sprains, even if you think they might be just a mild injury.
Full torn wrist ligaments usually require surgical treatment to reconnect the torn ligament with the bone. After surgery, most patients go through a period of rehabilitation and physical therapy to strengthen the wrist and restore motion.