Wrist Wraps

Written by Sierra Rein
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There are eight carpal bones in the wrist area, making it one of the most compactly organized areas of bone, cartilage, tendons and ligaments. The wrist is thus incredibly susceptible to a number of ligament tears as well as joint inflammation. Most experts contend that cold therapy and rest are the key ingredients in dealing with the vast number of wrist injuries, aches and pains.

The most common type of problem in the wrist is carpal tunnel syndrome. This occurs when the median nerve of the wrist is compressed due to swelling of surrounding ligaments and tendons. Those who experience chronic CTS on a daily basis typically wear wrist wraps to prevent further inflammation and pain.

Wrist wraps can also help other soft tissue injuries, especially in the first 24 to 48 hours. This is especially true with wraps fitted with internalized cold packs to numb the wrist and keep swelling to a minimum. Many manufacturers offer wrist wraps that can be kept in the freezer until they are needed.

Wrist Wraps for Broken Bones

When wrist bones are broken, the area usually experiences a lot of swelling and pain. The first action to take at the first signs of swelling is to apply an iced wrap to the wrist and maintain contact for at least 15 to 20 minutes every two hours. A professional should then place a wrap or splint on the wrist and keep an eye on the break until it heals (from a few months to up to a year in some cases).

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