Wrist sprains are common physical injuries that occur when the wrists are subjected to trauma that bends the joint too far in any direction. If trauma is severe enough, the bones in the wrist can be broken or fractured. Initial treatment of a broken wrist should include resting the wrist, elevating the hand above the level of the heart, icing the injury and wrapping the wrist to prevent swelling. Wrapping a broken wrist can help provide some stability and compression before seeing a doctor to get a cast or brace.
Things You'll Need
- Compression bandage
- Bandage clamps
Unroll the compression bandage and set the clamps aside.
Wrap the bandage twice around below the bony part of the wrist. As you wrap, make sure to stretch the bandage out slightly to maintain some tension, but don't wrap it too tight like a tourniquet.
Continue wrapping the bandage around the wrist several more times, and proceed up the wrist as you wrap.
Wrap the bandage around the back of the hand and over the palm twice, so that the bandage travels between he thumb and index finger. Wrapping around the hand will help prevent the bandage from shifting around and losing tension.
Continue wrapping the bandage up and down the wrist until you reach the end of the bandage.
Apply two bandage clamps to the end of the bandage to keep it in place. To apply a clamp, first stick the teeth in the loose bandage end then pull on the clamp until the end is taut and press the teeth on the other end of the clamp into the wrapped wrist.
Tips & Warnings
- If the wrap feels too tight, unwrap the wrist and start over.
- Wrist wrapping is also useful to compress and support sprained wrists.
- Wrapping wrists is good for the initial treatment of an injury, but for most wrist fractures, a cast or other more permanent stabilizing measure should be applied.
How to Treat a Rib Fracture
Most rib fractures are minor injuries, but they're also extremely painful. The basic treatment of one involves managing the pain and monitoring...
How to Bandage Broken Ribs
Broken ribs are extremely painful, but some pain relief can be found by tightly bandaging the affected area. To avoid causing more...
How to Tell Difference Between Wrist Sprain and Fracture
Both sprains and fractures can be extremely painful, and both require medical care. However, with a sprain only a family physician is...
How to Wrap a Sprained Wrist
Activities ranging from playing sports to typing too much on the computer can cause a wrist sprain. A splint or a wrap...
How to Get Swelling Down After a Broken Wrist
A broken wrist will result in symptoms such as pain, bruising and swelling around the wrist area. You may need to reduce...
How to Wrap a Broken Hand
Anybody who has ever broken a bone knows full well the excruciating pain that accompanies the fracture. Fractured knuckles or broken wrists...
Broken Wrist Exercises
A fractured wrist occurs when one or more bones break in the radius or ulna. A person can fracture their wrist at...