Painful Wrist after Injury Treatment
The treatment for a wrist injury depends on the severity of the injury. Treatment for a minor wrist injury 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.
General treatment for a wrist fracture includes rest, elevation, cold compresses, and pain medications. If the fractured bone has moved out of normal position, then a doctor may move it into position and place the wrist in a cast or splint. Surgery may be required for severe fractures in which the bones must be realigned and fastened into position. In most cases, healing requires 6 to 8 weeks.
Specific treatment for a wrist injury may include:
- Wound care
- Avoid activities that cause pain
- Prolonged immobilization in a sling can lead to frozen shoulder
- Apply a cold compress:
- Wrap ice in a moist hand towel. Do not apply ice directly to the skin.
- Apply for 20-30 minutes, every 1-2 hours, for the first few days.
- Elevate the wrist
- Elastic wrap
- Cast or splint for a wrist injury
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain:
- Ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil, Ibuprin, Nuprin)
- Naproxen (Aleve, Anaprox, Naprosyn)
- Ketoprofen (Oruvail, Orudis, Actron)
- Narcotic pain medication:
- For moderate to severe pain
- For short term use only
- Physical therapy for a wrist injury
- Occupational therapy for a wrist injury
- Surgery for a wrist injury:
- To repair fractures, injured tendons, or injured nerves
- Tetanus immunization
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Painful Wrist after Injury Questions For Doctor
The following are some important questions to ask before and after the treatment of wrist injury.
Questions to ask before treatment:
- What are my treatment options?
- Is surgery an option for me?
- What are the risks associated with treatment?
- Do I need to stay in the hospital?
- How long will I be in the hospital?
- 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:
- Do I need to change my diet?
- When can I resume my normal activities?
- When can I return to work?
- Do I need a special exercise program?
- Will I need physical therapy?
- Will I need occupational therapy?
- What else can I do to reduce my risk for having a wrist injury again?
- How often will I need to see my doctor for checkups?
- What local support and other resources are available?
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