Surely at some point you have suffered what is popularly known as open doll . Your real medical name is wrist sprain , and usually feels like a discomfort or pain that can be intense, which appears especially when we perform some type of movement with the wrist. The truth is that we have a very common discomfort or pain, which can suffer anyone, but with greater incidence in those who lift weights or are athletes in general.
The wrist sprain occurs as a result of a tear or excessive stretching of the ligaments that support the joint . The ligaments consist of fibrous bands that give stability to a joint, which are composed of fibrous tissues whose main function is to unite anatomical structures.
What are the causes of the open wrist?
Among the most common causes we can mention, above all, two very common causes: falls and traumatisms. The first one is one of the most common, because when we fall we tend to extend our hands automatically in order to cushion the blow. Precisely for this reason, when exerting pressure on the hands (especially on the wrist), we can tear the ligaments.
What are your symptoms?
The symptoms of having the wrist open are quite clear , since it is a fairly simple lesion to be diagnosed.
Usually pain is felt in the wrist that can radiate to the hand, accompanied by tenderness in the injured area and inflammation. This pain is felt especially when we perform movements with the wrist. Precisely for that pain or discomfort can be numbness and limitation of mobility, as well as heat in the joint.
Treatment of the open wrist
The first treatment that can be practiced at the time of opening the wrist and suffering the sprain is the application of ice on the lesion , to the following hours after it has taken place.
It is also important to immobilize the wrist and avoid moving it so as not to feel pain. To avoid possible edema , it is also advisable to place the arm up and move the fingers.
Therapeutic massages are also very useful and recommended, especially those made transverse and oblique with the help of the thumbs, applying it in the dorsal and palmar region of the carpus for 15 to 20 minutes every two days.
An exercise that helps a lot and that you can easily do at home is to sit down, with your forearm resting on a table while you leave your hand outside, as if hanging. Bring your hand up without touching it with the other, slowly as much as you can, holding this position for 10 seconds, then return to the starting position. Then bring your hand down slowly trying to touch the edge of the table. Hold for 10 seconds and return to the starting position.
When the days pass and you do not feel relief or improvement it is advisable to go to a physiotherapist, who will help you recover the mobility of the wrist while relieving the pain with the application of massages.
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