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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.

Wrapping

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.

Sling

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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Swollen Wrist Hurting the Squad? 3 Tips To Cheer About!

Swollen Wrist

A swollen wrist is one of the most common injuries suffered by cheerleaders. Cheerleaders are putting pressure on their wrist. Unfortunately, once the wrist is hurt, it can take a long time to heal. In fact, a swollen wrist can become a long nagging injury that never seems to go away.

Tip #1 – Rest

  • When you injure your wrist, the key to letting it heal is to rest the area. You must stop using the injured area.
  • This is very hard with a swollen wrist because we use our wrists so much.
  • Another problem is that the wrist will feel better before it is actually healed. You will think it is ok to get back out there. If you do this too soon, you will reinjure it.

Tipe #2 – Ice

  • There is good news for your swollen wrist. There are not many parts to the wrist that can be injured.
  • With ice, you can reduce the swelling. This will help you take care of the problem.
  • Just remember to take caution when you return to the cheer squad. Reduced swelling doesn’t mean you are completely healed. There is the risk of hurting your wrist again.

Tip #3 – Use Caution

  • When you do decide to return to the squad, you need to take precaution.
  • You will need to wrap your wrist with an ace bandage. This bandage will give your wrist some extra protection. This will guard against the trauma that can be caused normal cheer activities.
  • Another thing you can do is to work your way back slowly. Try not to do too much too soon.
  • If you keep your wrist wrapped in an ace bandage, and do not do too much too soon, you should be back to normal in no time.
  • If you are stubborn, then you are going to continue to experience pain. You will most likely reach a point where you decide that sitting out is better than dealing with the pain.

If you ever suffer from a swollen wrist, you will see that the pain can be terrible. If you take some easy-to-follow steps, you can be back on the squad in no time. Now that is something to cheer about!

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Swollen Wrist for a Racer – Cross the Relief Finish Line!

Swollen Wrist and Racing

A swollen wrist is a common sports injury. I was recently visited by a cyclist. He had a minor bike accident. During a 10k race, he collided with another racer. He was thrown from his bicycle. Luckily, a swollen wrist was his only injury. However, the injury definitely got in the way of his training.

Diagnosis

  • I did a routine examination of the wrist. I noticed there was quite a bit of tenderness around the area. The patient was complaining of limited mobility. He also had pain and stiffness around the joint.
  • My first step was to rule out a break or fracture. The x-ray showed that there was no damage to the bone in the wrist or hand.
  • I asked for a description of his fall. I wanted to know how he landed on his hand and wrist. From this, I determined that he had a wrist sprain.
  • Sprains are extremely common and can happen to anyone. The ligaments and tendons around the wrist were stretched in a way that is not normal. For this type of injury, there is often pain and swelling in the joint. In this racer’s case, the fall he experienced injured his wrist. There was a sprain and bruising. This also resulted in a swollen wrist.

Treatment

  • The best remedy for a swollen wrist is to limit the amount of movement in the joint. I immediately wrapped the wrist in a bandage.
  • I suggested that the racer limit activity for about a week to 10 days. Keeping pressure off the area and rest will heal the sprain and repair the stretched ligaments in a short time.
  • In addition, I also recommended an ice compresses to reduce swelling.
  • I advised hime to get an over the counter pain reliever, such as aspirin or ibuprofen. This would help with the discomfort.

A swollen wrist can be an uncomfortable problem to deal with for a racer. You need to be at 100% when participating in a 10k challenge. Also, their normal routine can be impacted. The most important thing to remember is this extremely common injury can heal quickly as long as you follow a few simple directions and keep your focus on crossing the finish line.

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