29 Jul I’m Experiencing Wrist Pain from a Recent Ski Injury. What Should I Do?
Common ski injuries include wrist fractures, sprains, and partial or complete ligament tears. If you have experienced one, hopefully, you sought treatment from your orthopedic surgeon at gO Orthopedics.
Let’s talk about the follow-up treatment for wrist pain after a ski accident and where you can go in Gunnison and Crested Butte, CO, for comprehensive treatment.
Continue With the RICE Protocol
RICE is the abbreviation for a tried and true first aid intervention. RICE stands for:
- Rest from your usual activities (especially skiing which stresses the wrists and presents a fall hazard)
- Ice the swollen, painful area 15 minutes on and 15 minutes off
- Compression with an elastic bandage or another stabilizer
- Elevation of the wrist above heart level to reduce painful swelling
These actions initially stabilize and relieve the pain and swelling of a wrist injury. Fortunately, they also help after casting and bracing for a fracture or sprain.
Take Pain Medication as Directed
Your orthopedic surgeon will tell you what pain medication to take and how often. Typically, physicians recommend a combination of acetaminophen to relieve discomfort and ibuprofen to reduce inflammation.
Find Other Ways to Do Daily Activities
Try educating your dominant hand to operate your computer mouse or lift ordinary household objects like grocery bags. This takes time and patience but can help reduce your pain.
Go to Physical Therapy
Depending on the exact nature of your wrist injury, your therapist will show you ways to:
- Strengthen your injured wrist
- Increase your range of motion
- Improve ergonomics for daily tasks and sports (when your doctor OKs you to return to skiing and other activities)
Keep Your Orthopedic Surgeon’s Number in Your Contacts
Stay in contact with your orthopedic specialist if you are an avid sports enthusiast and have sustained a recent lower or upper extremity injury, such as a wrist sprain. Any musculoskeletal injury that persists with pain, swelling and tenderness should be evaluated immediately. Or, if you already have a treatment plan in place and believe you are not progressing as you should, then our providers welcome a call.
Fortunately, our providers are experts in cutting-edge treatments for a wide variety of musculoskeletal injuries and chronic conditions. They always look for non-operative methods to control pain and rehabilitate patients, restoring their comfort, functionality, and independence.
gO Orthopedics in Gunnison and Crested Butte, CO
Dr. Rhett Griggs and Dr. Blake Clifton possess the highest orthopedic qualifications with board-certification and specialized fellowship training. They are passionate about sports medicine and the complex injuries which can interfere with athleticism and everyday life.
To learn more about our services, or if you are already under our care and are experiencing an increase in symptoms, please call us for a consultation at one of our two convenient and fully equipped orthopedic clinics. We deliver 24/7 urgent orthopedic care, including trauma assessments, diagnoses, and treatments.
In Gunnison, phone (970) 641-8899, or in Crested Butte, call us at (970) 349-5103.