Knowing how to treat wrist joint pain will depend largely on the cause. This pain can be caused by injury or trauma, or by longer term issues such as arthritis or carpal tunnel syndrome. It is important to identify the cause of wrist joint pain in order to properly treat this condition. If your pain is severe, you should see a doctor before trying any type of treatment at home.
To treat wrist joint pain, you will need:
- A bag for the ice or a cloth to wrap the ice pack
- A wrist brace or elastic bandage
- A doctor
Ice it. Applying ice to your wrist joint can help relieve pain and inflammation. This can help treat minor injuries to your wrist joint or soothe pain related to other conditions. Prop your wrist up in a comfortable position and apply an ice pack for about ten minutes. You should never ice an injury for longer than twenty minutes at a time.
Wrap your wrist. A stretchy elastic bandage or wrist brace can help to support your wrist and relieve pain. These bandages are available at most drug stores and are easy to use. Added support can ease pain until you can get to a doctor and also prevent you from further straining your wrists.
Rest your wrists. Avoid using your wrists while you are experiencing wrist joint pain. Typing can be particularly hard on wrists. If you spend a lot of time at a computer, there are many wrist rests and tools available to help relieve this strain. You may find that your wrist pain subsides when you give it time to heal.
See a doctor. Your wrist is made up of many small and delicate bones, if you suspect you have fractured your wrist, you should see a doctor immediately for evaluation. If your wrist pain recurs frequently, you will want to be sure you are not suffering from arthritis or carpal tunnel syndrome—both of which require professional care.