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Welcome to Orthopaedic Solutions & Sports Medicine Center, PA

WRIST INJURIES

1. Get Immediate Help, if Necessary

  • If there is obvious deformity, severe pain, or the person cannot move the wrist or maintain a grip, see a doctor Immediately or go to a hospital emergency department. These are signs of a possible fracture.

  • Support the hurt arm and wrist with a makeshift splint, such as a pillow or sling, until you get help.

2. Rest Wrist

  • Minimize wrist motion to prevent further injury.

3. Control Swelling

  • Ice the area for 20 minutes at a time, 4 to 8 times the first day.

  • You may apply a compression wrap such as an Ace bandage.

  • Elevate the wrist above heart level.

4. Treat Symptoms

  • For pain and inflammation, give the person over-the-counter pain medication such as acetaminophen (Tylenol), ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), or naproxen (Aleve, Naprosyn). Do not take aspirin if you are under age 18 unless advised by your doctor for a specific condition.

5. Follow-Up

  • If pain and swelling get worse in 24 hours, see Dr. Parikh and his team

  • Dr. Parikh and his team may need to order X-rays to rule out a fracture that was not obvious and examine the wrist to look for signs of tendonitis, arthritis, gout, infection, or other conditions.


Information obtain from www.orthoinfo.aaos.org

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