Wrist Injury Treatment‌

1. Get Immediate Help, if Necessary

  • If there is obvious deformity, severe pain, numbness, or the person cannot move the wrist or maintain a grip, see a doctor immediately or go to a hospital emergency department. These are signs of a possible fracture.
  • Support the hurt arm and wrist with a makeshift splint, such as a ruler, stick, rolled up newspaper, a pillow or sling, until you get help.

 

 

2. Rest Wrist

  • Minimize wrist motion to prevent further injury.

 

 

3. Control Swelling

  • Ice the area for 20 minutes at a time, 4 to 8 times the first day.
  • You may apply a compression wrap such as an Ace bandage.
  • Elevate the wrist above heart level.

 

 

4. Treat Symptoms

  • For pain and inflammation, give the person over-the-counter pain medication such as acetaminophen (Tylenol), ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), or naproxen (Aleve, Naprosyn). Do not give aspirin to anyone under age 18 unless advised by your doctor for a specific condition.

 

 

5. Follow-Up

  • If pain and swelling get worse in 24 hours, see a doctor.
  • The doctor may need to order X-rays to rule out a fracture that was not obvious at first and examine the wrist to look for signs of tendonitis, arthritis, gout, infection, or other conditions.

Sources

Referenced‌ ‌on‌ ‌24/05/2021‌ ‌

  1. https://www.webmd.com/first-aid/wrist-injury-treatment ‌
  2. Children’s Hospital Denver: “Hand and Wrist Injury."
  3. National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: “Sprains and Strains."
  4. National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: “Sports Injuries."
  5. FamilyDoctor.org: “Hand/Wrist/Arm Problems."
  6. Wrist Injury Information from eMedicineHealth.

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