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Wrist pain is any pain or discomfort in the wrist. Wrist pain with bruising and swelling is often a sign of an injury.
For a recent injury:
- Rest your wrist. Keep it elevated.
- Apply ice to the tender and swollen area.
- Take over-the-counter pain medication, like ibuprofen or acetaminophen.
- Wear a splint for several days. Wrist splints can be purchased at many drugstores and medical supply stores.
Get emergency care if:
- You are unable to move your wrist, hand or a finger.
- Your wrist, hand, or fingers are misshapen.
- You are bleeding significantly.
Call your doctor right away if:
- You have a fever over 100°F.
- You have a rash.
- You have swelling and redness of your wrist and you have had a recent illness (like a virus or other infection).
Call your doctor for an appointment if:
- You have swelling, redness or stiffness in one or both wrists.
- You have numbness, tingling, or weakness in the wrist, hand, or fingers with pain.
- You have lost any muscle mass in the wrist, hand, or fingers.
- You have been following self-care treatments for two weeks but still have pain.