Wrist sprains are common injuries among both athletes and the average citizen. Impacts from sports equipment, other athletes, and the ground can lead to wrist sprains in athletes. Because many people use their arms and hands to break a fall, a sprained wrist is also a common side effect of a typical falling accident.
The most common symptoms of a sprained wrist include pain, swelling, heat, tenderness, and bruising. If you suspect a wrist sprain, schedule an appointment with your healthcare provider as soon as possible to get a proper diagnosis and treatment plan.
The recovery from a sprained wrist typically includes steps such as:
- Pain medication
- Joint immobilization
It is also important to avoid a few key activities when recovering from a sprained wrist.
What to Avoid When Recovering from Wrist Sprains
In addition to following all of your doctor's instructions, it is generally best to avoid the following activities:
- Too much activity - Rest is an important factor for recovery of any type, and a wrist sprain is no exception. Your body needs energy to repair itself, so the more you can rest while you heal, the more quickly the process will go.
- Not enough cold therapy - While it may be tempting to think that the occasional ice pack is effective, unless you are regularly applying cold to your injured wrist, you are not getting the full benefits of cryotherapy. Regular cold therapy sessions with a system that fully wraps your wrist and allows the cold to penetrate deeply and evenly is one of the best ways you can help your body repair itself.
- Not enough compression - Wrapping a static bandage around your wrist is one way to compress the damaged tissues in your wrist, but a more effective way is with active compression. Inflammation leads to swelling, and sometimes edema. Although these symptoms are a natural part of the healing process, the more you can keep them at bay, the faster you will recover. Active compression removes edema and mimics the pumping action that your body already naturally provides to circulate fresh blood and fluids to injured tissues.
Game Ready can help you recover from your sprained wrist more quickly. Our patented cold and compression therapy system is designed to enable therapeutic cold to penetrate more quickly while active compression pumps away the edema that contributes to more pain and swelling.
Ask your healthcare provider about adding Game Ready to your recovery plan, or look for a provider near you.
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