The wrist is comprised of eight small bones situated tightly in 2 rows between your hand and forearm. Ligaments hold the bones together and tendons cross over the wrist and attach to bones in the hand and fingers. The wrist is a relatively complex joint and there is potential for several types of wrist disorders.

A sprained wrist is one of the most common disorders of the wrist and happens commonly in falls and in sports such as football or gymnastics. Taping the wrist prior to sports activities can provide support. After a wrist sprain, it is a good idea to rest the injured joint and take measures to reduce swelling and inflammation. Occasionally a small bone in the wrist called the scaphoid may be fractured by a fall or trauma.

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