The Beginner’s Guide to Recovery for Wrist and Hand Injuries

If you are like most people, you use your hands and wrists every day without even thinking about it. But what happens when something goes wrong? A wrist or hand injury can cause a lot of pain and make everyday activities difficult. If you are recovering from one of these injuries, you may be wondering where to start. The good news is that there is a lot of information available online about how to recover from a wrist or hand injury. In this article, we will discuss the basics of recovery for wrist and hand injuries. We will also provide some tips for getting started on the road to recovery!


What can I do to speed up the healing process?

There are many things you can do to speed up the healing process for wrist and hand injuries. The following are some of the most effective methods:


Rest and avoid doing anything that hurts. 

This may seem like common sense, but it is important to listen to your body and take it easy until you are feeling better. Depending on the severity of your injury, you may need to take a break from work, school, or other activities. It is also important to avoid putting stress on your injured wrist or hand. This means avoiding heavy lifting, pushing, pulling, or any other activity that puts stress on the joint.

  • Have a rest and heal your wrist
  • Get the right tools to improve the condition of your hand
  • Be careful not to overstay and hurt yourself in the process
  • Follow online guidelines for exercises that help with recovery


Once you have rested and avoided doing anything that hurts, it is time to start stretching and strengthening your injured wrist or hand. There are many exercises available online that can help with this process. It is important to start slowly and gradually increase the intensity of the exercises as you feel better. You should also be careful not to overdo it, as this can delay your recovery.


Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation (RICE)

Rest: The first step in recovery is to rest your injured wrist or hand. This will allow the injury to heal properly.

Ice: Apply ice packs to your injury for 15-20 minutes at a time, several times a day. Ice helps reduce swelling and pain.

Compression: Wrap an elastic bandage around your wrist or hand to provide compression. This will help reduce swelling.

Elevation: Elevate your arm above heart level when possible to decrease swelling.


Staying hydrated and eating a healthy diet. 

The nutrients in food can help promote healing and reduce inflammation. It is also important to drink plenty of water, especially if you are exercising regularly.

  • Eating a healthy diet can help reduce inflammation
  • Drinking plenty of water can help promote healing
  • A balanced diet is important for overall health
  • Hydrating and eating a healthy diet are essential for those who lead active lives


Don’t forget to take care of yourself emotionally during recovery! 

Wrist and hand injuries can be frustrating and discouraging, but it is important to stay positive and keep your spirits up. There is no set timeline for recovering from a wrist or hand injury, so be patient and focus on taking one step at a time. With hard work and dedication, you will eventually recover and be able to get back to your normal routine.

  • Recovery is never easy, but it’s not impossible
  • Mentally staying strong during recovery can make all the difference
  • Focus on one thing at a time to help you stay grounded
  • Healing will be worth it in the end


Why you should never, ever ignore the pain

The majority of us have been taught to bear the pain for as long as possible in the expectation that it would go away on its own. It’s easy to come up with reasons why you shouldn’t go to the doctor, whether it’s because you don’t want to wait on the sidelines during a sporting game or you can’t take time off work. However, ignoring the pain for an extended period might result in more harm and a longer treatment or recovery time in the end.


Symptoms of a wrist problem you shouldn’t ignore

If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, please see a doctor as soon as possible. Ignoring them could lead to long-term damage and problems with mobility.

  • Tingling, numbness, or weakness
  • Swelling, stiffness, and a lack of mobility
  • Long-term pain that is inconsistent or dull
  • Pain that lasts for more than 48 hours is considered chronic.
  • Having difficulty holding items or dropping them regularly




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Dr. Chen sees patients at Saint Francis Memorial Hospital Center for Sports Medicine in Walnut Creek, California. He is a board-certified Pediatrician and Sports Medicine Doctor that specializes in the non-operative medical treatment of a wide variety of various musculoskeletal conditions, including back injuries.  Dr. Chen graduated from St. George’s University School of Medicine and went on to complete Pediatric residency training at the University of Medicine and Dentistry in New Jersey (Rutgers), then went on to fellowship training in Sports Medicine at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, one of the perennially top-ranked children’s hospitals in the nation. There he provided sideline coverage for NCAA Division I athletics at the University of Cincinnati and Miami University (OH). Since graduating, Dr. Chen has continued his love of sports coverage by volunteering for the San Francisco Marathon, the San Francisco Giant Race, and as the team physician for Northgate High School in Walnut Creek. Being a part of The Center for Sports Medicine allows Dr. Chen quick access to a multidisciplinary team of orthopedic surgeons, podiatrists, physiatrists, and physical therapists to return you to your highest functional level quickly and safely. Click here to contact us for your next appointment!


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