Bruised Wrist Treatment
Treatment for a wrist contusion depends on the severity of the injury. General treatment for a minor contusion usually includes rest, elevation, and cold compresses. A forearm splint (wrist splint) may be applied for a short time to immobilize the wrist, allowing it to heal. Pain can be controlled with acetaminophen or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications. Most wrist contusions resolve within 2 weeks.
Specific treatment for a wrist contusion may include:
- Elevation of the injured wrist
- Cold compresses
- Apply for 20 minutes at a time, 2 to 3 times per day
- Elastic wrap the wrist
- Sling for comfort:
- Long term immobilization in a sling can lead to frozen shoulder.
- If you wear a shoulder sling for longer than two weeks make sure you perform shoulder range of motion exercises twice a day to avoid frozen shoulder.
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain
- Ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil, Ibuprin, Nuprin)
- Naproxen (Aleve, Anaprox, Naprosyn)
- Ketoprofen (Oruvail, Orudis, Actron)
- Physical therapy for a wrist contusion
- Occupational therapy for a wrist contusion
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Bruised Wrist Questions For Doctor
The following are some important questions to ask before and after the treatment of wrist contusion.
Questions to ask before treatment:
- What are my treatment options?
- What are the risks associated with treatment?
- What are the complications I should watch for?
- How long will I be on medication?
- What are the potential side effects of my medication?
- Does my medication interact with nonprescription medicines or supplements?
- Should I take my medication with food?
Questions to ask after treatment:
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