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how should you treat a sprained wrist?

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Dr. Michael Bolesta
Orthopedic Surgery 40 years experience
Depends: It depends on severity of the sprain. Mild strains need splinting for a short period of time (if at all) and medication for pain. More severe sprains may need longer bracing or even surgery. See a hand specialist for an assessment of your own situation. Untreated sprains can lead to future problems unless they are mild.
Dr. Jeffrey Visotsky
Occupational Medicine 36 years experience
Wrist sprain: Rest , ice, compression and elevation. Brace for support and compression . Ice and elevation to treat pain and swelling. If not improved overnight seek medical care.

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A 30-year-old member asked:

How do I wrap a sprained wrist?

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Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery 32 years experience
Use an OTC splint: The easiest way to treat and protect a sprained wrist is to try an over-the-counter (otc) splint. They are easy to apply and remove for personal care. An ace wrap is another option, but needs to be applied appropriately to adequately protect your wrist. Otc splints can be a simple neoprene compressive sleeve are incorporate a hardened splint to hold the wrist in a safe position.
A 44-year-old member asked:

Can I type with a sprained wrist ?

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Dr. Jack Choueka
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
Yes: Typing with a sprained wrist will be a bit slower but can be done. It is helpful to wear a wrist splint and to take frequest breaks. If it makes the pain worse then stop typing and seek treatment.
A 42-year-old member asked:

After a sprained wrist, how long will it take to return to gardening?

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Dr. Daniel Mass
Hand Surgery 46 years experience
3-6 weeks: If you had a minor stretch of the wrist you can garden in a splint and be out of the splint in 3-6 weeks. If you have a greater injury you might need surgery first. See a hand surgeon.
A 30-year-old member asked:

Can I play basketball with a sprained wrist without it hurting?

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Dr. Luis Villaplana
Internal Medicine 35 years experience
CAN YOU?: Try and see. May not be the smartest thing you have ever done, but who am i to say! depends on how bad it is.
A 41-year-old member asked:

How do I know if I have a sprained wrist and how should I treat it?

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Dr. Pietro Seni
Orthopedic Surgery 47 years experience
Rest.icing: Usual symptoms depend of the degree of your sprain, you may have swelling, some degree of pain specially when grabing or lifting and with certain movements.Mild sprain require some icing, restrictions of some activities or may require a short period of immobilization.

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