(HealthDay News) -- Your wrist hurts after a fall. Is it a sprain, or another type of injury?

The wrist, as is the case with many joints, contains strong bands of tissue called ligaments that connect bones. An injury to one or more of these ligaments is called a sprain.

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons said symptoms of a sprained wrist include:

  • Swelling.
  • Pain, especially when you flex the wrist.
  • A bruise or unusual color of the skin surrounding the wrist.
  • Tenderness or a warm feeling at the site of the injury.
  • A tearing or popping sensation in the wrist.