How to Relieve Wrist Pain

How to Relieve Wrist Pain

Wrist pain is usually a sprain caused by a fracture or sudden injury. This may be due to long-standing problems such as arthritis, repetitive stress and carpal tunnel syndrome. The wrist is the joint found at the bottom of the hand at the lower end of the forearm. The wrist joint connects the forearm and the hand. Due to daily activities and frequent use of hands, pain in this area is common and increases the risk of injury.

Causes of wrist pain

  • Ligaments swell due to overstretching, usually ruptured without dislocation
  • Arthritis is a medical condition that affects joints and can cause swelling and severe pain in the wrist.

  • Tendonitis causes inflammation of the tendon sheath due to bacterial infections, rheumatism and overuse of forearm muscles.

  • Cracks or breaks in bones depend on the severity and cause wrist pain, swelling and deformation of the affected area.

  • Ligaments swell due to overstretching, usually ruptured without dislocation

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome is caused by neurological dysfunction of the wrist, especially the median nerve. The nerve is squeezed or squeezed, causing severe pain in the wrist.

  • Other conditions, such as ganglion cysts, can also cause wrist pain.


  • When your wrist is in severe pain, especially if your wrist swelling and pain are alleviated by an injury, take more rest.
  • Apply hot and cold compresses to the affected area 24 hours before the injury. Apply a cold compress on the infected wrist for at least 15-20 minutes every 1-2 hours to reduce soreness and pain. After the cold treatment, heat treatment is performed to relax the muscles and reduce pain. Heat therapy can be in the form of a heating pad. Another option is to soak the affected wrist in hot water mixed with Epsom salt.
  • When performing simple activities, wear a wrist support or brace to prevent unnecessary movement and support of the wrist, and prevent further injury and recurrence of the condition.
  • Take prescription over-the-counter anti-inflammatory drugs to reduce joint swelling and pain.
  • Apple cider vinegar has anti-inflammatory properties and reduces pain in the hands and wrists. In a glass filled with warm water, add 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and one teaspoon of honey, and drink the solution on an empty stomach in the morning.

Home care

  • For carpal tunnel syndrome, you may need to adjust your work habits and environment:
  • Make sure the keyboard is low enough to avoid bending your wrists up while typing.
  • Take a break during activities that exacerbate pain. When typing, often stop and rest your hands, even if only for a moment. Keep your hands on your sides, not your wrists.
  • A variety of typing pads, a separate keyboard, and a wrist splint (brackets) are designed to reduce wrist pain. These may help the symptoms. Try a few different ways to see if it helps.
  • You may just need to wear a wrist splint while you sleep at night. This helps reduce swelling

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