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Swollen Wrist? Expand Your Options for Recovery!

Swollen Wrist

Swollen Wrist Treatments

A swollen wrist is never fun. It can interfere with your daily activities. In fact, it can impact almost everything you do, even if it is not on your dominant arm.

You may not be aware of this but there are many ways to treat a swollen wrist. There is no need to limit your options to simply taking over the counter anti-inflammatory medication. That is just one of many treatment options that you have. It has value but it is not your only treatment tool.

Ice Therapy

When you have a swollen wrist, especially if there is no real known reason for it, then you may want to try some of the other options. One other thing you can do is to use ice.

  • It is recommended that when you first have swelling you use ice.
  • You would ice the wrist ten minutes every hour for the first couple of days.

Heat Therapy

After the first 48 hours, you can use heat.

  • Heat therapy is recommended for short periods of time and should never be used while sleeping.
  • Heat should be used for injuries which make blood flow slow down and for injuries caused by overusing the swollen area.


Another option to treat a swollen wrist is to wrap it. You can do this by using an ace bandage.

  • You will want to make sure it is tight enough to offer support, but not so tight that it cuts off your circulation.
  • When your wrist is wrapped, you will not be as likely to use it in ways which may irritate the swelling even more and make the discomfort increase.


If you don’t want to wrap your swollen wrist you can still keep it elevated and still by using a sling.

  • A sling is a great way to keep it elevated.
  • It will also keep it immobilized so that you do not overuse it while the swelling goes down.

There are many options when it comes to treating a swollen wrist. Don’t limit yourself to the simply using pain relievers or anti inflammatory medication. You can get the swollen wrist back to normal when you use these other options.

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