Wrist injury or a sprained wrist is the most damaged area for people of all different lifestyles. There are several factors that can cause pain to flare up in your wrist. Understanding why you’re in pain is the best place to start when you’re looking for relief.

The wrist consists of eight bones called carpals. These wrist bones surround a tube called the carpal tunnel, which has tendons and a nerve inside. Everyday activities like typing, writing, racquet sports activities, sporting injuries or gardening as well as several disorders such as diabetes, arthritis, or osteoporosis can cause pain in the wrist.

However, the most common cause of wrist injury results from a fall onto an outstretched hand. The impact usually bends the wrist back toward the forearm, which can stretch the surrounding ligaments too far. This can cause small or complete tears of the ligaments within the wrist joints.

Wrist Pain Symptoms

If you or a child is experiencing wrist pain it can be difficult to identify the type and/or severity, so its important that the wrist is examined and attended to by a qualified physician as a priority.  
Wrist pain diagnosis is dependent on the severity of the injury. Wrist injury symptoms can include:

  • Tenderness, bruising, warmth, and inflammation at the wrist
  • Distorted Joints and an inability to move the wrist
  • The feeling of a popping or tearing sensation in the wrist
  • Difficulty making a fist or gripping objects  
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Wrist Pain Cause

You experience wrist pain when you damage the bones, muscles, ligaments, or connective tissue surrounding the wrist. The main reasons for wrist pain includes;

  1. A sudden fall or accident. The most common reaction to falling is throwing out your hands to take the hit. The impact from hitting the floor usually bends your wrist backwards which can overstretch and sometimes tear the ligaments inside.

  2. Repetitive stress at work. If you type, hand write or carry out a task with your hands or arms repeatedly for work, you might also start to experience wrist pain.

  3. Joint overuse during sport. If you play a racquet sport, netball, basketball or volleyball, this could be the cause of your wrist pain. During a particularly strenuous training session or game, you could overstretch or wear out your wrist joint.

  4. Damage from disease. Diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis, carpal tunnel syndrome and DeQuervain's disease are the most severe causes of pain in the wrist. It’s crucial to refer yourself to a specialist physician if you suspect you might have one of the above diseases. Tumours in and around your hand are a very rare cause of wrist pain.

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Wrist Pain Treatments

Your first point of call should be to a qualified physician. Immediately following the accident, follow and apply the RICER protocol to the affected area:

Rest – rest the wrist and avoid moving the injured arm.

Ice – Ice the wrist by applying a cold Elastoplast Hot/Cold Pack to injury for 20 minutes at regular intervals to help reduce discomfort.

Compression – Gently strap the wrist with some Elastoplast Sport Rigid Strapping Tape and overwrap the tape with an Elastoplast Sport Elastic Adhesive Bandage to gently apply compression to the affected area.

Elevation – Elevate the wrist above the heart or on a pillow as often as possible.

Referral – Refer yourself or the injured child to a qualified physician for accurate diagnosis and further care and treatment advice.

Always read the label. Use only as directed. If symptoms persist, contact your healthcare practitioner.

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Wrist Pain Prevention

Wrist pain can be difficult to prevent since casual injuries are usually caused by accidents. However, you should always try to exercise safely and be prepared before playing sport.

Avoid Falling – It sounds simple but wearing sensible shoes, ensuring you exercise and work in enough light as well as being extra careful when walking or exercising in wet or slippery conditions will help prevent you from sustaining an injury.

Understand Ergonomics - Keep your wrist, hand and arms in a comfortable elevated position when typing or performing other repetitive movements. Remember to take regular breaks too.

Protect Yourself - Wear an Elastoplast Sport Adjustable Wrist Support for relief and support when you exercise and play sport, or an Elastoplast Sport Everyday Wrap around Wrist Support. These may help prevent the wrist from bending backward during a fall. 

Always read the label. Use only as directed. If symptoms persist, contact your healthcare practitioner.

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Taping Wrists

Tape your thumb in four easy steps. Strapping wrists with preventative thumb taping will aid in reducing wrist swelling and wrist pain from tendonitis or provide support following a sprain.

Step 1 of preventative thumb taping - Elastoplast
Attach an anchor gently around the wrist with Elastoplast Sport Rigid Strapping Tape 38mm. (Do not bind too tightly as this may compromise circulation).
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Using the strapping tape, apply a spica (figure-8 technique), starting from the back of the wrist around the base of the thumb and back to the anchor tape on the palm side of the wrist.
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Repeat the figure-8, strapping 2-4 times to further support the joints of the thumb.
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Overwrap with Elastoplast Sport Elastic Adhesive Bandage using spica (figure-8) to completely cover the rigid tape. This will help provide extra compression and protection.
Always read the label. Use only as directed. If symptoms persist contact your healthcare practitioner.
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FAQs

What Does a Wrist Sprain Feel Like?

Key indicators for wrist sprain can include:

  • Wrist swelling
  • Wrist pain
  • Restriction of movement
  • Bruising around the joint
Why is my Wrist Swollen?
Several factors can cause pain to flare up within the wrist. When you are looking for relief, understanding why you are in pain is a good starting point when establishing the cause of the issue. 
While the most common cause of wrist pain and associated injuries is an accident, several everyday activities and some diseases can also be to blame.
How to Treat a Wrist Sprain?

The best way to treat a wrist sprain includes:

  • RICER – Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation, Referral
  • Seek medical advice if pain continues
     
What Causes Wrist Pain?

You experience wrist pain when you damage the bones, muscles, ligaments or connective tissue surrounding the wrist. The most common causes of wrist pain include:

  • A sudden fall or accident
  • Repetitive stress at work
  • Joint overuse during sport
  • Damage from disease

Please note that none of the above given tips or recommendations substitute medical advice. Important: consult a health professional in case of an injury or if you suspect overuse of joints or a medical condition such as a fracture. A physician should be consulted in those acute cases when the condition is accompanied by reddening, swelling or hyperthermia of joints, ongoing joint trouble or severe pain and/or are associated with neurological symptoms
(e.g. numbness, tingling, loss of motion).

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Although compiled with great care, please note that the tips and advice given on this website by no means substitute medical advice and treatment. If you have or suspect a health problem, consult a doctor and follow medical advice regardless of what you have learned on this website. Always read carefully and follow the instructions for use or the leaflets of our products. For further information about our products, please contact us here.

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