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When Will I Feel Better After a Wrist Sprain?

Recovery time depends on how serious your wrist sprain is. These injuries may take from two to 10 weeks to heal. But that's a rough estimate. Everyone heals at a different rate.

While you heal, you might want to take up a new activity that won't irritate your wrist. For instance, skiers could put down their poles and try jogging or stationary biking.

Whatever you do, don't rush things. Do not try to return to your old level of physical activity until:

  • You feel no pain in your wrist when it's at rest
  • You can work out and grip and move objects -- like a ski pole, bat, or racket -- without pain
  • Your injured wrist, as well as the hand and arm on that side, feel as strong as the uninjured wrist, hand, and arm.

If you start using your wrist before it's healed, you could cause permanent damage.

How Can I Prevent a Wrist Sprain?

Wrist sprains are hard to prevent, since they're usually caused by accidents. Even the best-trained athlete can slip. But always make an effort to exercise safely.

Some athletes benefit from using wrist guards or tape. These may prevent the wrist from bending backward during a fall.

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