The wrist consists of eight bones called carpals. They surround a tube called the carpal tunnel, which has tendons and a nerve inside.
Everyday activities like typing, writing, racquet sports or gardening, as well as a number of disorders such as diabetes, arthritis, or osteoporosis, can cause pain in the wrist. A common cause of wrist pain is carpal tunnel syndrome, where swelling in the wrist tightens around the nerve.
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.
Identifying a Wrist Injury – What to Look For
If you or a child is experiencing wrist pain, it can be difficult to identify the type and/or the severity, so it’s important that the wrist is examined and attended to by a qualified physician as a priority. Only a qualified physician can provide an accurate and reliable assessment of the injury.
Fractures, sprains and tendon inflammation are the most common types of wrist injuries. Depending of the severity of the injury, symptoms of a wrist injury can include:
- Tenderness, bruising, warmth and swelling 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
Treating a Wrist Injury – How You Can Help
Elastoplast offers a range of injury management products to help you protect and care for you and your family.
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 – apply a cold Elastoplast Hot/Cold Pack to injury for 20 minutes at regular intervals to help reduce discomfort
- Compression – Gently strap the wrist with an Elastoplast Sport Rigid Strapping Tape and overwrap the tape with an Elastoplast Sport Elastic Adhesive Bandage
- 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
Preventing a Wrist Injury – How to Best Prepare Yourself
Wrist pain can be difficult to prevent, since causal injuries are usually caused by accidents. However, you should always make an effort to exercise safely and be prepared before playing sport.
- Be careful when walking or exercising in wet or slippery conditions
- Train or exercise in appropriate non-slip footwear
- If you spend long periods of time typing, take regular breaks and keep your wrist in a relaxed, neutral position.
- Wear an Elastoplast Sport Adjustable Wrist Support for relief and support during both sport and for everyday use, or an Elastoplast Sport Everyday Wrap around Wrist support. These may help prevent the wrist from bending backward during a fall.
Wrist Support with Preventative Thumb Taping
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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