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What can I do at home for a sprained wrist?

After the first three days of ice application, start applying heat and ice alternately on the injured wrist. Use an ice pack or ice water bath for 10 minutes; then use hot water immersion, a moist hot towel, or a heating pad for 10 minutes; and then apply ice again for 10 minutes. Do this two to three times per day.

The following exercises will help strengthen and stretch your wrist to help return it to normal function and avoid further injury.

1. Place the palms of your hands together, with fingers pointing up and elbows out.

  • Raise the elbows upward, pushing the hands together.
  • Hold that position for 10 seconds. Relax. Repeat 10 times.

2. Place the backs of your hands together with fingers pointing down and elbows out.
  • Lower the elbows while pushing the hands together.
  • Hold that position for 10 seconds. Relax. Repeat 10 times.

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