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Wrist Injury Treatment

1. Get Immediate Help, if Necessary

  • If there is obvious deformity, severe pain, 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 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 and examine the wrist to look for signs of tendonitis, arthritis, gout, infection, or other conditions.

 

WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by David T. Derrer, MD on October 29, 2013

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