Wrist pain after a fall?
Posted by Chloe Simkiss Dec-2020
Treatment for a sprain
As Christmas approaches it brings with it many hazards around the house, such as lights and cables on the floor. This means that the risk of slips, trips and falls increases significantly, which may cause injuries such as sprains and strains at the joints. Read on to find out how to deal with wrist pain and sprains. Wrist pain after a fall can be the result of a sprain. Sprains are most often caused by falling on your hand. It’s a natural human reaction! We outstretch our hands to protect us from the fall As well as being painful and swollen, until the wrist has healed, it may be hard to move or use the wrist and hand for normal tasks such as gripping and lifting. Thankfully most injuries can heal by themselves within a few months.
What are the symptoms?
Symptoms of a spraining your wrist will depend on the severity of the injury but it may include:
- Tenderness and warmth around the injury.
- Feeling a popping or tearing in the wrist.
- Loss of motion.
You can do several things to help relieve pain and swelling. These may include:
- Limiting how much you move and use your wrist and hand
- Applying an ice pack to the injured area. Try our wrist wrap to help soothe the pain and reduce swelling.
- Keeping your wrist and hand raised (elevated) above heart level
- Wrapping your wrist in a compression wrap.
If the injury doesn’t heal properly, it has a higher chance of happening again. This can cause ongoing pain, weakness, or instability of the wrist. Over time, arthritis may develop in the wrist. This can worsen pain and cause stiffness and loss of motion of the wrist and hand.
Go to your GP right away if you are experiencing these symptoms as you could have developed an infection :
- Fever or chills
- Symptoms that don’t get better with treatment, or get worse
- Hand or fingers that feel numb or very cold, turn blue or gray, or swell
- If any new symptoms arise
Make sure to always be aware of your surroundings to avoid spraining your wrist - be sure to look where you are going as you never know what could slip you up!