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 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) or ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin). Do not give aspirin to anyone under age 18.
- If pain and swelling get worse in 24 hours, see a doctor.
- The doctor may order X-rays to rule out a fracture that was not obvious and examine the wrist to look for tendonitis, arthritis, gout, infection, or other conditions.
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