To speed the healing, you can: Rest your wrist for at least 48 hours. Ice your wrist to reduce pain and swelling. Compress the wrist with a bandage. Elevate your wrist above your heart, on a pillow or the back of a chair. Take anti-inflammatory painkillers. Use a cast or splint to keep your wrist immobile.
Signs and Symptoms Inability to carry objects 1 or use the arm. An injury that causes deformity of the joint. Wrist pain that occurs at night or while resting. Wrist pain that persists beyond a few days. Inability to straighten or flex the joint. Swelling2 or significant bruising around the joint or forearm.
Not all wrist pain requires medical care. Minor sprains and strains usually respond to ice, rest and over-the-counter pain medications. But if pain and swelling last longer than a few days or become worse, see your doctor.
Most cases of hand and wrist pain will not be a sign of a serious or long-term problem and will settle in a few days or weeks with some simple self-care you can do at home. There are several conditions that can cause pain or other symptoms in the hands and wrists, including types of arthritis.
It can be hard to move or use the hand and wrist. Some people can still move or use the hand or wrist even if there is a broken bone. Swelling or a bone out of place can make the wrist appear deformed. There is often pain right around the break and with finger movement.
A fracture occurs when one or more of the bones in your wrist breaks. Only an x-ray can determine if it’s fracture. However, a fracture is more likely to cause sharp pain that prevents you from moving your wrist, while a sprain is marked by throbbing pain that may still allow for some range of motion.
Arthritis involves inflammation of one or more of your joints. Pain and stiffness are common symptoms of arthritis, and when these occur in your wrist, simple daily activities can become more difficult. There are many types of arthritis, and most of these can affect the wrist.
The pain of wrist tendonitis is not particularly severe. It’s often described as more of a dull, passive ache than a sharp, intense pain. Wrist tendonitis can decrease the range of motion in your hand, and you may experience weakness when performing routine motions, such as: gripping.
Over-the-counter pain relievers, such as ibuprofen ( Advil, Motrin IB, others) and acetaminophen (Tylenol, others), may help reduce wrist pain. Stronger pain relievers are available by prescription.
Your wrist hurts because you have stretched or torn ligaments, which connect the bones in your wrist. Wrist sprains usually take from 2 to 10 weeks to heal, but some take longer. Usually, the more pain you have, the more severe your wrist sprain is and the longer it will take to heal.
Stretches are recommended as a preventive measure or to ease slight pain. However, they should not be used by people with inflammation or serious joint damage unless recommended by a healthcare professional. This is because, in those cases, exercise could cause more harm to your wrists or hands.
The muscles of the hands or wrists are weak and actually getting smaller because of the severe pinching of the median nerve. The symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome have lasted 6 months or longer with no relief.
If left untreated, carpal tunnel syndrome can lead to weakness and lack of coordination in your fingers and thumb. Treatment can relieve pressure on the nerve and, for most people, eliminate their symptoms. The carpal tunnel is a small passageway on the palm side of your wrist.