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Hand and Wrist Pain Home Remedies

While there are many possible causes of hand or wrist pain, sometimes the pain can get better with the below wrist pain home remedies.

Right hand squeezing left wrist

Perform Gentle Stretching Exercises

  • Rotating the wrists counter-clockwise and then clockwise
  • Open the hands as widely as possible, spread the fingers apart, then close the hands into a tight fist
  • With your palm facing down, use one hand to gently “push” the fingers of the other hand back towards your chest for a gentle wrist stretch
  • Repeat each of the above, up to ten times each

RICE Therapy

  • Rest: Avoid using the affected hand as much as possible
  • Ice: Apply an ice or cold pack to the injured hand for 20 minutes several times per day
  • Compression: Wrap the area in a soft bandage, splint, or brace (such as the Bullseye Wrist Band)
  • Elevation: Use a sling to keep the affected hand raised above your heart

Other Wrist Pain Home Remedies

  • Massage: Massage the painful area and surrounding muscles
  • Heat: Consider alternating between heat and cold packs, 20 minutes for each
  • OTC medications: Taking nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen

For severe, persistent, or reoccurring pain in the hands or wrist, please consult with a doctor