Spraining your wrist somehow can make you feel like a real goon. Whether you injured your wrist during an accident or playing some sort of sport, you may be wondering how on earth you should take care of it. Other than scheduling an appointment with Dr. George Philip Smith to ensure that there is no permanent tendon or nerve damage, this article will list a few ways that you can help it heal and find relief.
Whether or not you see immediate swelling, make sure that you ice your wrist right away. Icing will help not only get rid of swelling, but it can also help ease the pain as well. When icing your wrist try to use something that will conform to it like a gel ice pack or even a bag of frozen peas.
The last thing you want to do with a sprained wrist is move it around a lot. Try to keep your hand as stable as possible by wrapping it in a first aid bandage. To wrap it, make sure to start at your hand by your forefinger and thumb and then work your way back to your wrist; the goal is to demobilize as much of your hand and wrist while it is healing. Just remember to make sure that the bandage is tight enough to hold it in place but not so tight that it cuts off your circulation.
Don’t Use It
In addition to wrapping your wrist, try to avoid using it too much until you come into see Dr. Smith. For instance, if you play a sport, take a break until after you get the go-ahead from Dr. Smith. If you work at a computer and need your hand to type, try to position your wrist so that you don’t have to move it while you are typing.
During your initial consultation with Dr. Smith, he will go over all of your treatment options and check for any permanent nerve or tendon damage. To learn more, schedule a consultation at our East Brunswick office today and call us at (718) 608-1111.