Classification of Wrist Sprains

A sprain means the ligaments of the wrist are stretched beyond their normal limits. Wrist sprains are graded according to the severity of the injury:

  • Grade 1 sprains are considered a mild injury. Although the ligaments are stretched, no significant tearing has occurred.
  • Grade 2 sprains are considered a moderate injury, where the ligaments may be partially torn.
  • Grade 3 sprains are considered a severe wrist injury. In this case, the ligaments are completely torn, and there may be some instability of the joint.