Wrist Bursitis Home Care
- 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.
- Apply warm compresses after several days for stiffness.
- Elevate the wrist above the heart for 24 hours.
- Rest the wrist:
- Avoid activities that cause pain.
- Slowly increase use of the wrist as long as there is no pain.
- Acetaminophen for pain
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain:
- Take prescribed medications as directed:
- Don't skip doses of your medication. This makes them less effective.
- Be aware of the common side effects that may be caused by your medication.
- ACE wrap the wrist
- Perform gentle stretching exercises twice a day.
- Avoid using alcohol when taking any of these medications.
- Do not mix prescription and non-prescription NSAIDS unless directed to do so by your doctor.
- NSAIDS can interact with other blood thinners, such as Coumadin, and cause bleeding complications.
- Ask your doctor before using an NSAID if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
- Ask your doctor before using an NSAID if you have a history of:
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PubMed Wrist Bursitis References
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