At one time or another, one and all have had a minor injury to a finger, hand, or wrist that instigated pain or swelling. Most of the time our body activities do not cause problems, but it’s not astounding that indications develop from everyday wear and tear, overuse, or an injury.
- Finger, hand, or wrist injuries most commonly occur during:
- Sports or leisure activities
- Work-related chores
- Work or projects around the home, particularly if using types of machinery such as lawn mowers, snow blowers, or hand tools
- Unintended falls
The danger of finger, wrist or hand injury is advanced in contact sports, such as wrestling, football, or soccer, and in high-speed sports, such as biking, in-line skating, skiing, snowboarding, and skateboarding. Sports that necessitate weight-bearing on the hands and arms, such as gymnastics, can raise the risk for injury. Sports that use hand gear such as ski poles, hockey or lacrosse sticks, or racquets also increase the risk of harm.
In youngsters, most finger, hand, or wrist injuries happen through sports or play or from accidental falls. Any injury happening at the end of a long bone near a joint may hurt the growth plate (physis) and needs to be assessed.
Grown-up adults are at higher risk for injuries and fractures since they lose muscle mass and bone strength (osteopenia) as they age. They also have more difficulties with vision and balance, which upturns their risk of unintentional injury.
What are the home remedies for managing finger, hand & wrist injuries?
Following are some effective home remedies/ways to manage an injury to a finger, hand or wrist:
Applying a commercial cold pack to the affected area reduces the pain, swelling, and inflammation. Ice uses are suitable for emergency situations as well as for long-term conditions. To inhibit injury to the skin, the ice should be enfolded in a towel before putting on it, and should only be left in place for 20 minutes at a time.
When elevating the extremity above the heart for 30 minutes several times a day it can progress blood flow to the heart and decrease swelling. Sleeping with the forearm raised on pillows can also be supportive.
Compressing the wrist and hand with an ace wrap or glove can avert fluid from gathering in the affected area. Superior fingerless density gloves are accessible for knitters, typists and others who experience swelling when they use their hands cyclically. Wraps or gloves should be comfy but not tight enough to compromise circulation to the fingers.
Stretching and strength exercises that move the muscles of the hand and wrist can aid to return the extra fluid to the heart, reports. Massaging the hand can also aid to decrease swelling. If exercise and massage cause pain, the patient may bear the activities better after a warm bath.
Over-the-counter non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as aspirin and ibuprofen are effective in reducing pain, soreness, and swelling.
Diet and Fluids:
When the patient’s swelling is caused by gout, he should limit alcohol, meat, fish, and poultry. Consumption of plenty of water and decreasing sodium in the diet may help to decrease swelling caused by a diversity of conditions.
When swelling happens during an activity, the patient should break and rest the wrist or hand. If the patient must continue the activity, such as typing at work, he/she should search for ways of altering the process of the movement. Wearing a splint on one or both hands, using a diverse keyboard, adding a wrist support or shifting the angle of the hand and wrist may offer relief. After a fall or other traumatic event, the forearm should be restrained in a sling or wrap to avoid further injury.
Call the doctor or OT specialist if you notice these symptoms during home treatments:
- Pain or inflammation develops
- Signs of infection develop
- Numbness; itchy; or cool, pale skin develops
- Symptoms do not recover with home treatment
- Symptoms become more severe or recurrent
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