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Even a minor hand or wrist sprain or strain can disrupt work and life. Not to mention, it hurts, so rest and ice are both a great start. What you can't detect is damage that could linger forever if not found and fixed. Our orthopedic team would love to make sure you heal properly for the long haul.
A sprain is a stretched or torn ligament which is the fibrous band that connects bone to joint. A strain means a stretched or torn muscle or tendon. If pain and swelling don't go away within a couple days of ice and rest, it can be a sign of damage that should be checked. Left untreated, sprains can leave permanent restriction or pain.