Wrist Dislocation Treatment
Treatment for a wrist dislocation depends on the position of the bones and the presence of an associated wrist fracture. General treatment for a wrist dislocation includes rest, elevation, cold compresses, and pain medications. The dislocated bone must be manipulated back into normal position and then immobilized in a cast to allow for bone healing. In many cases, wrist dislocations need to be relocated and repaired surgically.
Specific treatment for a wrist dislocation may include:
- Elevation of the wrist
- Cold compresses
- Elastic wrap
- Cast or splint for a wrist dislocation
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain:
- Ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil, Ibuprin, Nuprin)
- Naproxen (Aleve, Anaprox, Naprosyn)
- Ketoprofen (Oruvail, Orudis, Actron)
- Narcotic pain medication
- Manipulation to move the bones into correct alignment:
- Performed after pain medication and sedation
- Surgery to relocate a wrist dislocation:
- Repair of broken bones in the wrist
- Physical therapy for a wrist dislocation
- Occupational therapy for a wrist fracture
Wrist Dislocation Questions For Doctor
The following are some important questions to ask before and after the treatment of wrist dislocation.
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 fracture again?
- How often will I need to see my doctor for checkups?
- What local support and other resources are available?
Wrist Dislocation Specialist
Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat a wrist dislocation:
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