Straining to understand spraining

Rocket is a stunning one-year-old domestic medium-hair brown tabby. She is incredibly beautiful with emerald green eyes and amazing, distinct markings. Rocket came to CAPS because she did not get along with the dog in her home. She is looking for a loving home with someone who will appreciate her and treat her like the beautiful princess she is. Come out and meet this purrfect girl; you will not be disappointed.

Rocket is a stunning one-year-old domestic medium-hair brown tabby. She is incredibly beautiful with emerald green eyes and amazing, distinct markings. Rocket came to CAPS because she did not get along with the dog in her home. She is looking for a loving home with someone who will appreciate her and treat her like the beautiful princess she is. Come out and meet this purrfect girl; you will not be disappointed.

Watson here, and I am trying to figure out what happened to my wrist. Surprisingly, it suddenly began to hurt, and I started limping. It is not as if I have been jumping from great heights or leaping from tall buildings. In fact, the only places I jump from are the couch or car.

I suspect it is a sprain and a bit of research confirmed this. Dog wrists are located on the foreleg just below the elbow and are especially prone to injury. Sprains affect the ligaments (tissues) that connect bones, especially those in the wrist and knee. Wrist sprains can happen from rough exercise or landing hard when jumping from the car.

There are three grades of sprains. Grade I is when a portion of the ligament is torn, but the joint is still functional. In Grade II the joint is only partially functional, but you still may be able to walk. Grade III is when damage to the ligament is severely and there is no connection between bones. In some extreme cases of grade II and III, your vet may recommend surgery.

My vet recommended anti-inflammatory medication for the discomfort from the sprain. Just like sprains in humans, putting ice on the wrist and resting will do wonders for healing. Wrist braces are another option, because they stabilize the joint to allow scar tissue to form a callus over the sprain for healing. Front leg splints work wonders for stronger support.

Unfortunately, chronic and progressive diseases such as arthritis can also cause pain in the wrist. Because there is no cure for arthritis, the only treatment is anti-inflammatory medication, exercise, and rest. Mom also has arthritis, so we take it easy when we are walking.
Thankfully, the sprain is getting better, and I am watching where I jump. No strain, no sprain is the new motto.
XOXO Watson

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