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Suggest treatment for soreness and swelling in the wrist

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Posted on Wed, 11 May 2016
Question: my right wrist is sore and a bit swollen. the pain reaches from the heel of the hand to the middle and fourth fingers, along with occasional numbness. started while sleeping - I'm a side sleeper. I've taken naproxen and also used a sore muscle rub. what else to do?
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Answered by Dr. Praveen Tayal (15 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Naproxen, muscle rub, hot compress and rest will help.

Detailed Answer:
Hello,
Thanks for posting your query.
The soreness and swelling in the wrist may occur probably be due to inflammation of the tendons or arthritis.
You need to give it some rest for a while, use hot fomentation twice a day and local ointment for pain relief. Avoid gripping and lifting objects altogether. Keep it in most comfortable position or use a splint/crepe bandage most of the time (including at night) for best results. Watch for worsening of symptoms like increase in pain, appearance of swelling and tingling numbness in fingers. If you get any of these, visit your physician and get a check up done followed by investigations like X ray or MRI.
I hope this answers your query.
In case you have additional questions or doubts, you can forward them to me, and I shall be glad to help you out.
Wishing you good health.
Regards.
Dr. Praveen Tayal.
For future query, you can directly approach me through my profile URL http://bit.ly/Dr-Praveen-Tayal

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Suggest treatment for soreness and swelling in the wrist

Brief Answer: Naproxen, muscle rub, hot compress and rest will help. Detailed Answer: Hello, Thanks for posting your query. The soreness and swelling in the wrist may occur probably be due to inflammation of the tendons or arthritis. You need to give it some rest for a while, use hot fomentation twice a day and local ointment for pain relief. Avoid gripping and lifting objects altogether. Keep it in most comfortable position or use a splint/crepe bandage most of the time (including at night) for best results. Watch for worsening of symptoms like increase in pain, appearance of swelling and tingling numbness in fingers. If you get any of these, visit your physician and get a check up done followed by investigations like X ray or MRI. I hope this answers your query. In case you have additional questions or doubts, you can forward them to me, and I shall be glad to help you out. Wishing you good health. Regards. Dr. Praveen Tayal. For future query, you can directly approach me through my profile URL http://bit.ly/Dr-Praveen-Tayal