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What is the difference between a wrist sprain and a wrist strain?

A sprain is an injury to the ligaments of the wrist. When a sprain occurs, the injured ligament will either be stretched (in mild cases) or torn (in more severe cases). A strain is an injury to the muscles or tendons of the wrist. The amount that the injured muscle is torn is based on the severity of the strain.

(This answer provided for NATA by the Indiana University Athletic Training Education Program)

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