Fractured wrist: How is it managed?

A fractured wrist is often due to a fall. In this form of injury, it necessitates treatment from a doctor who is trained on how to properly reset the bone. Some measures can be done at home in order to prevent the injury from worsening while waiting for treatment as well as hasten the recovery.

Care for bleeding

In case the break is severe enough to pierce through the skin, there are steps to be taken to control the bleeding.

If a first aid kit is accessible, cover the wound using a large-sized, sterile bandage. If not, utilize a clean washcloth or piece of clothing as a makeshift bandage. Place pressure on the injury site and keep the wrist raised above the level of the heart.

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An ice pack can be used to lessen the swelling and numb the pain around the site of the injury.

Splinting

Depending on the status of the injury, it might take time before the individual receives treatment. While waiting for medical care, keep the hand and wrist immobilized.

A rudimentary splint can be created. One option is to wrap the wrist using magazines, newspaper or bath towels and use strips of clothing to secure the ends of the splint. In addition, padding the splint can help lessen the pain. Once the splint is in place, utilize a wide piece of cloth or bandana to create a sling to secure the wrist against the chest.

Application of an ice pack for a fractured wrist

An ice pack can be used to lessen the swelling and numb the pain around the site of the injury. Make sure that the pack is covered with a towel or cloth before application.

Exercises

When the wrist has completely healed and the cast is removed by the doctor, it is vital to rehabilitate the wrist and hand muscles. Remember that these have atrophied from the prolonged period of inactivity.

A temporary wrist support can also be used for some time after the cast has been removed until the individual regained his/her strength.

More Information / Disclaimer

The information posted on this page on a fractured wrist is for learning purposes only. Learn to recognize and manage this type of fracture by taking a standard first aid course with Mississauga First Aid.

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