Wrist Injury (cont.)
Wrist Injury Treatment
When you have fallen and injured your wrist, it is important to rest your arm.
- If there is an obvious deformity of the wrist or numbness in the hand, you should lay your wrist across a soft pillow and seek medical attention immediately.
- If there is no obvious deformity and you are not in severe pain, you may want to take some acetaminophen (such as Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Advil) and wait to see how the wrist feels. Again, a soft pillow is a good temporary splint.
- Apply ice to the area. Do not put ice directly on your skin. You can wrap a bag of frozen vegetables in a towel to create an icepack.
- If pain or other symptoms do not go away within a day, you should see a doctor.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/12/2014
Edmond A Hooker, MD, DrPH
Scott H Plantz, MD, FAAEM
Francisco Talavera, PharmD, PhD
Jeter (Jay) Pritchard Taylor III, MD
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