Wrist Pain

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Wrist pain is any pain or discomfort in the wrist. Wrist pain with bruising and swelling is often a sign of an injury.


For a recent injury:

  • Rest your wrist. Keep it elevated.
  • Apply ice to the tender and swollen area.
  • Take over-the-counter pain medication, like ibuprofen or acetaminophen.
  • Wear a splint for several days. Wrist splints can be purchased at many drugstores and medical supply stores.

Get emergency care if:

  • You are unable to move your wrist, hand or a finger.
  • Your wrist, hand, or fingers are misshapen.
  • You are bleeding significantly.

Call your doctor right away if:

  • You have a fever over 100°F.
  • You have a rash.
  • You have swelling and redness of your wrist and you have had a recent illness (like a virus or other infection).

Call your doctor for an appointment if:

  • You have swelling, redness or stiffness in one or both wrists.
  • You have numbness, tingling, or weakness in the wrist, hand, or fingers with pain.
  • You have lost any muscle mass in the wrist, hand, or fingers.
  • You have been following self-care treatments for two weeks but still have pain.
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