There are many cases of broken wrists in both children and adults on a yearly basis. The cause for this injury can range from sports participation, work-related accidents or mishaps at home during daily activities.
In most cases, a broken wrist is often due to an accidental fall since the natural instinct is to attempt to use the arm to brace against the impact. When it comes to this type of injury, it requires medical care from a healthcare professional who knows how to properly set the bone back into its place. There are also measures that can be carried out at home to prevent the injury from worsening while awaiting treatment as well as hasten the recovery period.
In case the break is severe enough to thrust the ends of the broken wrist through the skin, it is vital to take the necessary steps to control the bleeding. If there is a readily available first aid kit, the first step is to cover the wound using a large, sterile bandage. An alternative is a clean washcloth or any clean article of clothing as a temporary bandage.
Apply pressure on the wound and keep the affected wrist raised higher than the level of the heart. Do not attempt to push the bone back into place. This must be performed by a healthcare professional.
Depending on the case, it might take some time before the individual receives treatment. While waiting, you have to keep the hand and wrist of the individual immobilized using materials around the house to create a rudimentary splint.
One option is to wrap the injured wrist using magazines, newspapers or bath towels and secure in place using strips of cloth. Make sure that the splint is padded to minimize the pain. Once the splint is in place, you can use a large piece of cloth or bandana to create a sling to support the broken wrist against the chest.
Application of ice
An ice pack is applied over the broken wrist to minimize the swelling as well as numb the pain surrounding the area. You can easily create one by filling a plastic bag with ice cubes and wrap using a clean cloth or towel. Always remember not to directly apply the ice pack on bare skin since it will only cause further damage. In case ice is not available, an alternative is a bag of frozen fruits or vegetables.
Once the broken wrist is completely healed and the cast has been removed by the doctor, a rehabilitation program must be started with focus on the hand and wrist that have surely atrophied from the long period of inactivity.
There are also products that are specifically designed to strengthen the forearm including rubber balls, squeezable putties and spring-loaded grip exercisers. In addition, the individual can also utilize a provisional wrist support for some time after the cast has been removed until strength is regained.