How to treat a sprained wrist

How to treat a sprained wrist

How to treat a sprained wrist

How to treat a sprained wrist/ For men or women who play regular sports activities, the chance of getting a wrist sprain can be quite high.

This seems to be more common in contact sports where a ball is in regular use. But good news is that most mild wrist sprains can improve with non-surgical treatment.

There are some common techniques that you can do at home to relieve pain from wrist if you experience a sprain. Here are just some that you can use which help promote healing.

How to treat a sprained wrist
  1. Always protect the joint to avoid further injury and avoiding activities that put stress on your wrist.
  2. Take time out and rest. This is vital as it gives your wrist time to heal
  3. Out with the ice pack. Ice therapy is always a good way to treat a mild sprain. By applying ice packs at regular intervals to the damaged area helps reduce swelling and numbs the pain.
  4. Wrap it up. By compressing your wrist with an elasticated bandage will help minimise swelling and to the joint and provide support.
  5. Raise your hands. By elevating your wrist in the air, above the level of the heart will prevent pooling of blood in the injured area.
Give it support
  1. Splint it. Depending on the severity of the sprain, wearing a wrist splint or brace may help reduce excessive joint movement and sudden or unintended use of the wrist.
  2. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. These are available over-the-counter at your local chemist. They may help provide instant relieve to the pain and swelling. Some examples of Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs are ibuprofen and naproxen sodium. These should never be taken unless you have consulted a GP.
Take things into your own hands
  1. Physical home treatment. Physical therapy exercises that can be tried at home help to build and strengthen your wrist. They improve flexibility and enable functional movements in the wrist.
  2. Remember not to overdo it. Your exercises must always be performed within tolerated limits. A qualified physical therapist will help design a treatment plan based on your injury.
  3. Take time out from work. It is always recommended that if you suffer a wrist injury that you give work a break.

This will help speed up the process as you won’t be performing any tasks that will delay the healing process. Extra stress on a healing ligament may prevent complete healing or lead to further injury.

A sprained wrist or most types of sprains for that matter can happen at any time to anyone. If the pain in your wrist continues more than 2-3 days it is recommended that you seek professional advice from your GP.

He/she will advise you on the next steps to take towards healing. If in doubt, get it checked out!