Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Wrist Bursitis Home Care

Home care for wrist bursitis includes:

  • 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.

NSAID Precautions

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Last Updated: Jun 7, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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