A wrist sprain is an injury caused by damage (overstretching, tearing or complete rupture) to the ligaments of the wrist. Symptoms vary depending on the extent of the injury and the location of the sprain. Sudden pain in the wrist will be felt at the time of injury and in more severe wrist sprains a tearing or popping feeling may be felt. Pain will be felt when moving the wrist and a tender spot may be felt where the ligament is damaged. Mild swelling could be visible and bruising might develop in more severe injuries. This is a relatively common injury which usually occurs after a fall onto an outstretched hand. A sprained wrist doesn’t usually occur as an overuse injury. A properly designed wrist brace will stabilize the ligaments of the injured wrist, thus allowing them to heal.