How to Wrap a Sprained Wrist

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Activities ranging from playing sports to typing too much on the computer can cause a wrist sprain. A splint or a wrap should be used to temporarily immobilize the sprain and compress the swelling. You can wrap a sprained wrist by first obtaining the correct type of bandage.

Things You'll Need

  • Elastic bandage wrap
  • Locking tabs
  • Start at the top of the wrist and make two turns around the wrist with the bandage.

  • Pull the bandage across the palm and between the thumb and index finger.

  • Wrap the elastic bandage around the wrist again. Complete the wrap of the hand by pulling the bandage across the palm and between the thumb and index finger a second time.

  • Wrap the excess bandage around the wrist and up the arm. Make sure to overlap at least ½ to ¾ of the bandage width each turn around the arm.

  • Secure the bandage using the locking tabs. The tabs have small teeth that puncture the bandage and prevent it from coming apart.

Tips & Warnings

  • Use 2 feet of elastic bandage to wrap a wrist.
  • Wrapping the bandage too tightly can constrict circulation to the hand.

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