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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.

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