Strains

A strain is the stretching or tearing of a ligament, connective tissue that connects bone to bone. A strain in your hand occurs when you fall on your hands. It may be classified into three different grades depending on the severity of the injury such as:

  • Grade 1: marked by mild pain and swelling
  • Grade 2: characterized by persisting pain, swelling and reduced range of motion in adjacent joint such as the wrist
  • Grade 3: marked by excruciating pain and sometimes accompanied with a popping sound

Diagnosis is made based on the physical symptoms. In addition, an ultrasound or X-ray may also be performed to confirm strain. Treatment involves pain relieving medications and injections, immobilization or activity modification and surgical intervention in severe cases.

Affiliations
St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center Saint Barnabas Medical Center Morristown Medical Center Wayne Surgical Center Elite Surgical Center