When you think you have a broken or fractured wrist, put it in a splint until you get to the doctor to prevent further damage and to help ease the pain. Even though homemade splints help immobilise the injury, you still need to see a doctor as soon as possible because the bone may need to be reset and put into a cast.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
Things you need
- Thick bath towel
- Two bandannas
- Elastic bandage
- Tongue depressor
- Athletic tape
Place a folded towel under the arm. It should completely cover from the fingertips to the elbow.
Wrap the arm in the towel so it fits snugly.
Tie one bandanna tightly around one end of the towel, and the other around the other end. Tie it tightly so that nothing moves.
Wrap an elastic bandage around the broken or injured wrist in a figure-eight pattern.
Hold one part of the bandage down until you wrap it properly so the bandage doesn't loosen. Wrap it tightly but not so tightly that you cut off circulation.
Fasten it with the metal clamps or Velcro the bandages include.
Place a tongue depressor, or Popsicle stick, under the wrist. You will need more than one for large wrists.
Hold the stick in place and wrap the area up, using the figure-eight pattern with athletic tape to immobilise it.
Cut the tape when you feel you have secured the wrist properly.
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