Kinesiology Tape for Wrist Sprain
Learn about wrist sprain taping. Wrist sprains occur when the ligaments of the wrist are stretched beyond their normal limits. Wrist sprains are graded according to the severity of the injury:
Grade I: Mild injury, the ligaments are stretched, but no significant tearing has occurred.
Grade II: Moderate injury, the ligaments may be partially torn.
Grade III: Severe wrist sprain, the ligaments are completely torn, and there may be instability of the joint.
Some common symptoms of a wrist sprain include:
Pain with movement of the wrist
Swelling around the wrist joint
Bruising or discoloration of the skin
Burning or tingling sensations around the wrist
The diagnosis of a wrist sprain is made by knowing how the injury occurred, and looking at the physical examination findings. There are other wrist problems that can have similar symptoms to a sprain, including wrist tendonitis and a wrist fracture or scaphoid fracture.
To ensure that there are not broken bones around the joint, medical imaging using X-Rays and in some cases a MRI can be helpful. This may be done if the diagnosis is unclear or if the symptoms do not resolve as expected.
KT Tape provides both support and a mechanical assist to the damaged ligaments reducing pain while enabling greater range of movement during the recovery process. KT Tape is an appropriate treatment for grade I and grade II sprains and late recovery stages of grade III sprains.