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.
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.