Wrist Sprain Treatment
General treatment for a wrist sprain includes rest, elevation, and cold compresses. A forearm splint (wrist splint) may be applied for a short time to immobilize the wrist, so that it can heal. Pain can be controlled with acetaminophen or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications.
Treatment options for a wrist sprain include:
- 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:
- Above the level of the heart to reduce swelling
- Elastic wrap
- 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.
- Splint for a wrist sprain
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain:
- Ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil, Nuprin, NeoProfen)
- Ketoprofen (Actron, Orudis, Oruvail)
- Naproxen (Anaprox, Naprosyn, Aleve)
- Use with caution in those with kidney disease
- Narcotic pain medication:
- For moderate to severe pain
- For short term use only
- Physical therapy for a severe wrist sprain
- Occupational therapy for severe a wrist sprain
Wrist Sprain Questions For Doctor
The following are some important questions to ask before and after the treatment of wrist sprain.
Questions to ask before treatment:
- What are my treatment options?
- 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:
- 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 sprain again?
- How often will I need to see my doctor for checkups?
- What local support and other resources are available?
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