A sprain is an injury to a ligament. Ligaments are a type of tissue that connects bones to bones and provides stability to joints. One may think of ligaments as analogous to ropes. Sprain comes from the French word espraindre, which means “to wring.” A wrist sprain is an injury to the ligaments of the wrist. Often, sprains occur from falls or sports-related injuries that involve forcibly bending the wrist backward (hyperextension) or excessive pressure through the long axis of the joint (axial loading), with subsequent damage to the ligaments ...

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