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Treating a broken finger

October 7th, 2016 | Posted by corinne grace in Skeletal Injuries - (Comments Off on Treating a broken finger)
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A broken finger happens when one or more of the bones in the fingers called phalanges break. Each finger has 3 phalanges, except the thumb which has only 2 phalanges. The injury is usually caused by an injury to the hand and can happen in any phalanges such as a fall while playing sports, fingers caught in the doors of cars and other injuries on the fingers.  This condition can also happen in the knuckles where the joints and bones of the finger meet.

A broken finger is categorized into the following:

  • Avulsion fracture where the ligament or tendon moves away from the main bone
  • Impacted fracture is a break in the bone due to trauma and twisting caused by muscle spasms
  • Shear fracture where the bone splits in 2 when moving in 2 different directions.

Symptoms of a broken finger

Broken finger

Within the next 5-10 minutes, there is bruising and swelling on the affected area

  • Pain felt at the affected area
  • Within the next 5-10 minutes, there is bruising and swelling on the affected area
  • If the fracture is severe, bruising from the leakage blood can be seen
  • Swelling that becomes severe will result to numbness of the finger due to the compressed nerves in the area.

Treatment

  • Apply an ice pack on the affected finger. Wrap the ice pack in a small towel and apply on the affected finger to lessen the bruising and swelling. Avoid applying an ice pack directly on the skin to prevent frostbite and making the condition worse.
  • Elevate the affected finger above the level of the heart to lessen the swelling and bleeding.
  • Remove any jewelry on the fingers before the area swells to prevent difficulty in removing these items.
  • Immobilize the affected finger with a splint to prevent unnecessary movement and for fast healing of the area. Use a medical tape to wrap the stick and the finger. Avoid wrapping too tightly to prevent any disruption of the blood circulation and making the condition worse.
  • If there is an open wound on the finger, seek medical help immediately to prevent any infection that can be caused by bacteria that enters the wound.
  • Avoid using the affected finger while still in the healing process such as bathing, eating, and picking up objects. Avoid any unnecessary movement or disturbance of the splint for fast healing of the area
  • Start moving the fingers gently when it is already out of the splint to prevent making the area stiff.
  • Seek the help of a physical therapist for some rehabilitation exercises for the hand to keep the fingers moving and restore mobility.

More Information

The details posted on this page on broken finger is for learning purposes only. To learn to recognize and manage bone injuries including a broken finger enroll in a first aid course with one of our training providers.

Stress fracture of the foot

February 13th, 2016 | Posted by corinne grace in Skeletal Injuries - (Comments Off on Stress fracture of the foot)
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Stress fracture of the foot is a common problem among athletes. A stress fracture is a crack in the bone with a width of a hair follicle, but causes discomfort especially when it is a weight bearing bone like in the foot. Stress fractures are common in the feet and usually among runners, dancers and basketball players. Stress fracture can be a serious condition if not properly treated, but it takes time to heal a stress fracture of the foot.

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Symptoms of stress fracture of the foot usually begin with slight discomforts on the front part of the foot where most of the force and pressure is being exerted. The pain is very mild and it becomes worse during long periods of exercises, working out and running. The pain normally disappears when the affected person stops performing long periods of strenuous activities.

Treatment

  • Stop performing exercises and running or whatever is causing the pain.
  • Get plenty of rest especially the affected foot. Wear a boot or use crutches to help promote fast healing of the area and keep weight away and pressure off the affected foot.

    Stress fracture of the foot

    Get plenty of rest especially the affected foot.

  • Apply an ice pack or pack of frozen vegetables wrapped in a towel and place on the affected foot for 20 minutes and avoid making it more than 20 minutes. Repeat the procedure at least 3-4 times every day to help lessen the swelling.
  • Wrap the affected foot using an elastic bandage and elevate the foot above the level of the heart in order to help lessen swelling and inflammation.
  • Take the prescribed pain medications such as acetaminophen in order to help lessen the pain.
  • Begin performing some low-impact exercises such as biking or swimming as well as strengthening exercises.
  • Seek the help of a physical therapist for the suitable rehabilitation program for strengthening exercises on the foot since weakness of these areas can be affected by foot-impact forces. Stretching the leg and muscles of the hip helps in restoring the flexibility of the area and performing balance exercises helps in improving stability of the whole body. There should be a rest period between exercises in order to help continue the repair of bone.
  • Wear properly cushioned footwear with proper support for the foot.
  • Eat a well balanced diet and adequate amounts of food rich in Vitamin D and calcium or take vitamin D and calcium supplements.

Tips

  • Avoid performing intense workouts to prevent foot stress fracture. Warm up and stretch thoroughly before performing a workout and take a rest between workouts in order to help rest the body and bones. Proper use of exercise equipment can help prevent stress fractures.
  • Avoid wearing worn-out shoes or with insufficient arch support when performing high-impact sports.

Avulsion fracture of the elbow

February 13th, 2016 | Posted by corinne grace in Skeletal Injuries - (Comments Off on Avulsion fracture of the elbow)
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Avulsion fracture happens when a ligament or tendon that is connected to a bone partially detaches by taking a bone fragment with it due to trauma or injury. These usually happen due to a strong contraction of the muscle. It develops at the ligament due to an external force to the body such as a fall or pulls at the tendon due to the contraction of muscles that is stronger than the force that is connecting the bones together.

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In children, avulsion fracture usually happens in areas of the bone that is made up of cartilages. Among adults, the ligaments and tendons are first to be injured while in children, the bone will weaken before the ligament or tendon is damaged. Children have a weak part in their skeleton called the growth plate which is the area of the bone that is still actively growing. The tendons or ligaments that are near a growth plate can be pulled strongly enough to cause the growth plate to be fractured. These fractures are not serious and easily treated unless the fracture has tendon or ligament damage.

Symptoms

  • Discomfort on the affected area
  • There is swelling and inflammation

    Avulsion fracture

    Pain that is mild to severe and the intensity depends on the amount of damage caused

  • Pain that is mild to severe and the intensity depends on the amount of damage caused
  • Sensitivity of the affected area when touched
  • Difficulty in moving the affected area

Treatment

  • Take plenty of rest especially the affected elbow in order to help promote fast healing of the affected area as well as minimizing the use of elbow.
  • Apply an ice pack on the affected area to help lessen the swelling and inflammation for at least 20-30 minutes for every 3-4 hours every day. Avoid applying ice directly on the skin, wrap the ice pack or bag of frozen vegetable using a towel and place it on the affected area.
  • Stabilize the joint of the elbow by using a splint, cast or compression bandage in order to help minimize movement as well as making the condition worse.
  • Seek the help of a physical therapist for some exercises in order to help restore the full range of motion to the affected area.
  • Keep the affected area elevated above the level of the heart to help in preventing the swelling and minimizing the pain.
  • Drink 2-3 glasses of herbal tea every day such as ginger tea, basil tea and chamomile tea. These can help lessen pain and inflammation of the affected area.
  • Seek medical help for follow-up appointments in order to help in assessing the healing of the affected area. The severity of the damage and fracture will be determined whether there is a need for surgery. Severe avulsion fractures of the tendons and ligaments needs surgery and areas which are not stable. There might be a need for the placement of pins, rods, wires, screws or plates in order to help connect the bones together as well as repair the damaged tendon and ligaments by sewing both ends together.

Fractured sternum

January 22nd, 2016 | Posted by corinne grace in Skeletal Injuries - (Comments Off on Fractured sternum)

The sternum is also known as the breast bone which is located in front of the chest and connected to the 12 ribs on either side and forms the thoracic griddle. The thoracic griddle functions in protecting the internal organs such as the heart and lungs from injuries. The sternum also helps protect the thymus which is a gland that produces hemopoetic stem cells.

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A fractured sternum can either be due to a forceful blunt injury or a weakened sternum due to underlying conditions. People suffering from this condition can feel a severe pain in the middle chest and difficulty in breathing.

Causes

  • Vehicular accidents without airbags and seatbelts
  • Playing contact sports such as football
  • Suffering from diseases that cause weakening of the bone or pathologic fracture
  • Suffering from osteoporosis is prone to this injury if they are hit in the chest wall using a mild force.

Symptoms of fractured sternum

Fractured sternum

Severe pain that becomes worse especially when coughing and sneezing.

  • Severe pain that becomes worse especially when coughing and sneezing.
  • Tenderness, bruising and swelling of the affected area
  • Crepitus is a crunching sound that can be heard when broken ends of the bones are rubbing against each other. Crepitus usually happens when there is displacement or instability of the broken sternum.
  • Deformity of the ribcage
  • Pain is severe especially when lying in certain positions such as facing down or sideways

Treatment

  • Encourage the individual to rest to help with the fast healing of the affected area in 2-3 months. Avoid performing strenuous activities in order to prevent making the condition worse.
  • Apply an ice pack on the affected area to help lessen the swelling and pain. Wrap a few ice cubes in a towel and pat it over the affected area at least 20 minutes every two hours. Avoid applying ice directly on the skin in order to help prevent frostbite.
  • Take the prescribed anti-inflammatory medication in order to help lessen the swelling and pain.
  • Avoid applying pressure on the area and performing weightlifting or any other activities that places plenty of stress to the bone.
  • Perform exercises to improve posture, strength and flexibility to prevent the development of stiffness and weakness of the affected area.
  • Gradually return to activities or sports by wearing protective padding or chest guards to help minimize injuries on the sternum and prevent it from getting worse.

Exercises

Shoulder blade squeezes – start by sitting or stand tall with the back in a straight position. Squeeze the shoulder blade as far as possible without pain and remain in that position for 1-2 seconds and repeat at least 10 times. Just make sure that the symptoms will not worsen.

Perform deep breathing by sitting or standing tall and the back in straight position. Breathe in as deeply as possible without increasing the symptoms and then relax. Inhale with the lower lungs instead of elevating the shoulders and gently expand the stomach at least five times.

Bone bruise caused by running

January 14th, 2016 | Posted by corinne grace in Skeletal Injuries - (Comments Off on Bone bruise caused by running)

Bone bruise is also known as bone contusions or sometimes bone swelling. The injury is similar to tissue bruises and fractures. The bruises can be due to injury or blunt trauma caused by forceful impact when playing sports and accidents. It can cause severe pain that can last for weeks or even months.

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Causes

  • Sports bruises happen when the body comes in direct contact with hard surfaces, such as falling, bumping into the equipment of another player. Players should wear protective gear such as a helmet and shin guards in order to help lessen the impact on the bones.
  • Impacts caused by vehicular accidents, falling and slipping can result to a bone bruise.
  • Twisting accidents and sprains on the joints can cause a bruise bone, usually on the ankles and knees.

Symptoms

Bone bruise

Sports bruises happen when the body comes in direct contact with hard surfaces, such as falling, bumping into the equipment of another player.

  • A common symptom of bone bruise is swelling.
  • There is pain and stiffness after the injury and becomes severe after a day.

Treatment

  • Stop running if there is a bruise. Cool down with a brisk walk going home or another way is to perform a 5-minute walk on the treadmill. Avoid running when there is pain in order to prevent making the condition worse.
  • Immediately apply an ice pack or ice wrapped in a thin cloth over the knee. If ice is not available, a bag of frozen vegetable can be placed on the affected knee at least 20 minutes every day as needed.
  • Elevate the affected knee on a soft chai, and place a pillow under the knee in order to help prevent hyperextension and provide cushion. Keep the knee above the level of the heart in order to help lessen any swelling.
  • Apply an elastic compression wrap if the affected knee is swollen. Start wrapping beneath the knee going upwards in a diagonal motion. Avoid wrapping it too tight. It should be supportive and snug in order to help increase blood circulation in the area.
  • Take 2-3 days of rest from the running routine for fast healing of the condition.
  • Massage the area using ice by rubbing it on the affected area at least 10 minutes every day. Wrap the ice cubes in a cloth or bag before applying on the affected area. Avoid applying the ice directly on the skin in order to prevent frostbite.
  • Wear a knee brace in order to help support and protect the bone found near the joint from becoming worse. The braces help to lessen pain and strengthen the affected area.
  • Take the prescribed anti-inflammatory medications in order to help lessen severe inflammation and pain such as ibuprofen.

Seek medical help immediately if swelling and pain cannot be minimized within a week.

Tip

Avoid running on hard surfaces in order to help prevent injuries on the knees for developing.

 

Broken knuckle

January 8th, 2016 | Posted by corinne grace in Skeletal Injuries - (Comments Off on Broken knuckle)
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Knuckles or metacarpals are bones found between the proximal phalangal bones of the finger and carpals bones found at the palm of the hands. The 4th and the 5th metacarpal bones are susceptible to damage due to indirect force. A broken knuckle is also called boxer’s fracture which affects the neck of the metacarpal bone which is the fragile part of the bone.

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A broken knuckle can be caused by direct impact of a clenched fist using a hard and immovable object. Usually, the knuckle of the ring finger leads the knuckles in a hard punch and it is the 4th metacarpal that is prone to damage.

Symptoms

  • Pain and tenderness can be felt on the affected metacarpal joint.
  • A snapping and popping sound can be heard
  • There is swelling, bruising and discoloration around the affected area and also cuts or lacerations can also happen in the area. The affected area is swollen due to the accumulation of blood and extracellular fluid. The knuckles can become lacerated and there is bleeding from the wound.

    Broken knuckle

    Pain and tenderness can be felt on the affected metacarpal joint.

  • There is difficulty moving the ring and the little finger and sometimes the joint of the finger can be misaligned.
  • There is a shallow depression when clenching the fist
  • The nerves that are near the knuckles can become damaged and result to numbness and the finger is not capable of bending properly.

Treatment

  • Wash any open wounds such as cuts and scrapes using warm water and hand soap or other antiseptic products immediately after the injury in order to help lessen the risk for infection.
  • Cover any open wounds using a clean bandage in order to help stop the bleeding and minimize any infections from getting inside the wound.
  • Apply a cold compress on the broken knuckle or ice pack wrapped in a towel or a face towel immersed in cold water is also helpful with the condition. The cold helps lessen the swelling and pain in the area.
  • Immobilize the hand by wrapping it using an elastic bandage to help minimize movement of the hands that can make the condition worse.
  • Elevate the damaged knuckle above the level of the heart to help in draining blood from the area and minimize any bleeding from any open wounds and also lessen the swelling of the area.
  • Consume turmeric and crushed fresh garlic flakes mixed with raw honey to lessen pain.
  • Stick with a diet rich in calcium and increase the intake of dairy products, soy and green leafy vegetables. Take calcium and magnesium supplements. Magnesium helps with the absorption of calcium in the body.
  • Once swelling and inflammation is minimized, the affected area can be strapped to the next finger in order to keep the knuckles straight for at least 2-3 weeks so that the fracture can fully heal.

Hammertoe

November 27th, 2015 | Posted by corinne grace in Skeletal Injuries - (Comments Off on Hammertoe)
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Hammertoe is a painful deformity of the toes where it bends unusually and becomes claw-like in appearance. This deformity is due to the tendons of the toes that contracts abnormally and forces the toe to bend downward while the middle joint of the toe protrudes upward. Any toe can be affected by this condition but it commonly affects the second toe which is in a claw-like position and there is difficulty in straightening the toe. When wearing shoes, the toe is rubbed and walking becomes painful if a callus occurs in the sole of the foot or a corn develops on top of the toe.

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There are two types of hammer toes. The flexible hammer toe where the toe can still be moved from the joint and rigid hammer toe in which the tendons found in the toe becomes stiff and the toe cannot be moved which requires medical help.

Symptoms

  • Pain at the top of the bent toe when wearing shoes
  • The joint of the toe is swollen along with redness or burning sensation of the area
  • Development of corns on top of the joint of the toe

    Hammertoe

    The joint of the toe is swollen along with redness or burning sensation of the area

  • There is pain when trying to move the affected joint of the toe
  • Pain can be felt on the ball of the foot under the bent toe.
  • If the area becomes severe, an open sore can develop

Causes

  • People with flat foot and high-arched feet are susceptible to develop the condition.
  • People with arthritis have the tendency to develop hammertoe
  • Wearing ill-fitting shoes such as shoes that are too tight, too short or too pointy can push the toes out of balance. Pointy and high-heeled shoes can cause severe pressure on the toes and women are more susceptible to this condition than men.
  • Diabetes mellitus can cause damage to the feet and can lead to the development of this deformity.

If the toe becomes painful and there is difficulty walking, seek medical help immediately.

Treatment

  • For mild hammer toe, use corn pads or felt pads, toe caps which are small padded sleeves that are fitted around the tip of the toe to lessen hammer toe pain.
  • Wear wide shoes with elastic soles to avoid pointed shoes
  • Perform exercises by using the hands such as moving and stretching the toes gently and picking soft and small objects like marbles or towels in order to help make the joints of the toe flexible. Another way is putting a towel flat under the feet and by using the toes, crumple the towel to stretch and strengthen the muscles.
  • If the affected area becomes painful, apply an ice pack at least several times every day to lessen the swelling and soreness of the affected area.
  • Take the prescribed anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen or naproxen to lessen the inflammation and pain.

Broken collarbone

August 21st, 2015 | Posted by corinne grace in Skeletal Injuries - (Comments Off on Broken collarbone)

The clavicle or the collarbone is the bone found in both sides of the chest. These bones and the ligaments function in connecting the sternum or breastbone to both shoulders. A broken collarbone is a common injury among children and adults. It can be caused by injuries from sports, fall on a shoulder and vehicular accidents. This condition causes severe pain and tenderness of the joint and there is limited movement of the joint and inflammation and swelling of the affected area.

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Causes of a broken collarbone

  • A weak structure of bone due to genetic or from an acquired condition such as osteoporosis or cancer
  • Sometimes, during delivery, the force used in delivering the baby can cause breakage of the collarbone.
  • Sometimes in rare cases, the doctor has to break the collarbone of the infant in order for the baby to be delivered safely and this only happens when a process called shoulder dystocia will develop.
  • Caused by falling directly on the shoulder or an outstretched arm during playing or sports.
  • A direct blow to the collarbone such as tackling in football without wearing pads or crosschecked during playing hockey or lacrosse.
  • An attack of seizure can damage the collarbone.
Broken collarbone

Sudden pain in the area of the fracture

Symptoms of a broken collarbone

  • Sudden pain in the area of the fracture
  • A snapping sound can be heard on the affected area
  • The affected side is drooping downward and forward caused by gravity.
  • There is a severe pain when touching the collarbone along its length
  • The skin sometimes bulges outward and becomes discolored to reddish-purple which indicates an early bruise.

An individual suspected with a broken collarbone will manifest any of these signs and symptoms.

Management of a broken collarbone

  • Apply an ice pack over the affected area at least 2-3 days after the fracture. All you have to do is wrap a few pieces of ice cubes in a cloth or an ice bag and apply over the affected area. This helps minimize the pain, inflammation and tenderness.
  • The individual should get plenty of rest in order to help with the fast healing of the condition.
  • Wear an arm sling or a “figure-eight” strap that will fit around both shoulders to keep the bone in position. The duration of the immobilization will depend on the extent of the injury. The joining together of the bones takes about 4-6 weeks while children requires 6-12 weeks.
  • Take the prescribed medications in order to minimize the swelling and pain.
  • Perform some rehabilitation exercises and physiotherapy in order to help restore the strength of the muscle, movement of the joint as well as flexibility.
  • The pain from a broken collarbone is usually minimized within 2-3 weeks. After this period, the individual can continue with the activities such as playing sports within 12 weeks.

Tibial stress fracture

August 21st, 2015 | Posted by corinne grace in Skeletal Injuries - (Comments Off on Tibial stress fracture)

A tibial stress fracture is a condition where there is an incomplete crack found in the lower leg bone or shin bone. When engaging in weight bearing activities such as running, severe force is placed on the tibia and several muscles that are connected to the tibia. When they contract, a pulling force is being exerted on the bone. Forces that are excessive, repetitive and beyond the capacity of the bone can gradually cause damage. With continued damage, it can result to a tibial stress fracture. Stress fractures require proper treatment in order to avoid further damage.

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Causes of tibial stress fractures

  • Running long distance that causes fatigue in the muscle as well as puts stress to the bone and cause a fracture.
  • Excessive weight-bearing on the bone caused by continuous contraction of the muscles such as in running.
  • Changes in the training regime such as running on uneven surfaces after running on even surfaces such as road or grass.
  • Repetitive stress or impact that is subjected to the bone can result to a fracture.
  • Other causes such as bad foot posture, strenuous training, poor biomechanics, stiffness of the joints, ill-fitting footwear, weakness or fatigue, unequal length of the legs, irregularity of menstruation and obesity
  • Poor eating habits
  • Individuals who have flat feet and high arches face a higher risk of developing stress fractures in the shin bone.

Symptoms of a tibial stress fracture

Tibial stress fracture

Severe pain that becomes worse when engaging in activities and minimized when resting.

An individual suspected with a tibial stress fracture usually have the following signs and symptoms.

  • Severe pain that becomes worse when engaging in activities and minimized when resting.
  • Pain can be felt in the outer area of the lower third tibia
  • The affected area is swollen
  • There is difficulty in walking along with pain
  • The individual experiences pain during night time and while at rest
  • Pain can be felt when pressure is applied to the shin.

Treatment and home remedies for a tibial stress fracture

  • Encourage individual to rest for at least 8 weeks. Avoid engaging in any weight-bearing exercises such as running. Running in water with a buoyancy aid or belt can be done instead of running in the road.
  • Apply an ice pack for 10 minutes at a time in order to minimize swelling and pain for 3-4 times every day.
  • If the cause of the fracture is caused by changes in training, these activities should be avoided in the future.
  • Using crutches can help avoid full weight bearing.
  • Massage the affected area.
  • Gradually return to training and sports.
  • Perform exercises that maintains strength and flexibility in the lower leg such as light calf raises if there is no pain felt and also perform exercises in the wobble balance board
  • Use appropriate footwear for any activity engaged in.
  • Maintain proper nutrition in order to keep the bones strong as well as eat foods rich in calcium and other nutrients.

First Aid for Wrist Sprain

July 5th, 2015 | Posted by Mikha Canon in Skeletal Injuries - (Comments Off on First Aid for Wrist Sprain)

A wrist sprain is a common injury that usually occurs when an outstretched hand is used to break a fall or a hard impact. This stress on the ligaments of the wrist that connect it to the bones of the hand may be overstretched or in more severe cases, partially or completely tear off. A ligament is a tough fibrous connective tissue that provides stability to the wrist joint and thus, explains the loss of function or the limited range of motion of the wrist experienced after injury. The most commonly injured ligament is the ligament that connects the scaphoid bone to the lunate bone, which are the two small bones found in the wrist. This ligament is otherwise known as the scapho-lunate ligament.

A wrist sprain is usually common in athletes such as basketball players, volleyball players, gymnasts and skaters just to name a few. A direct blunt force trauma to the wrist may also cause this injury.

Signs and Symptoms of a Wrist Sprain

A wrist sprain often presents with acute pain with some reports of hearing a popping sound upon the moment of injury. Other signs and symptoms are as follows:

  • Swelling and tenderness of the wrist
  • Bruising of the skin around the wrist
  • Inability to achieve full range of motion
  • Pain that is exacerbated when the wrist is moved

Grading of a Wrist Sprain

Grading of a wrist sprain depends on the extent of the injury on the ligaments. The grading is as follows:

  • Grade 1 – the ligaments are overstretched with or without minor damages to the fibers of the ligament but are not torn. This often presents with minimal tenderness and swelling.
  • Grade 2 sprain – a partial tear in the ligament that present with abnormal laxity of the wrist joint, moderate tenderness and swelling and decreased range of motion
  • Grade 3 sprain – a complete tear in the ligament that present with severe tenderness, swelling and loss of function

First Aid Treatment of a Wrist Sprain

Treatment of a wrist sprain will depend on the grading of the injury. A grade 1 sprain or even some grade 2 sprain may resolve with first aid and home remedies. The following can be done:

Apply ice on a wrist sprain to reduce swelling

Apply ice on a wrist sprain to reduce swelling

  • Rest – immobilize and rest the injured wrist for at least 2 days. A splint may be used if necessary
  • Ice – apply ice compress over the injured area for 2 to 3 times a day for at least 10 minutes
  • Compress – a compression bandage can ease the swelling
  • Elevate – elevate the injured wrist above the heart while sitting or lying down
  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen or aspirin can help ease the pain and swelling
  • Physical therapy or occupational therapy may also be recommended to restore mobility and to strengthen the wrist

 

For more severe injuries, such as a grade 3 sprain, surgery may be required in order to repair the detached ligament. This is followed by physical rehabilitation in order to strengthen the wrist and regain full range of motion.

To learn how to properly give first aid on wrist sprain, enroll in First Aid Courses.

A wrist sprain occurs when the ligaments found in the wrist are stretched beyond its limits producing pain, discomfort and in more severe cases, loss of function.