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Wrist and Hand Injuries

If you have injured your hand or wrist, there are often ways Advance Health and Wellness can help. Whether you have taken a fall, were involved in a sport related or automobile accident, or simply twisted your wrist the wrong direction while playing with your child, hand and wrist injuries are some of the most bothersome to deal with. No one wants to be plagued with pain in the parts of our bodies that we use all day, every day. If you are experiencing hand or wrist pain that is interrupting your daily routine, there may be targeted therapies and treatments available to you.

Hand and wrist injuries are very common, especially among athletes. Those involved in contact sports such as wrestling, mixed martial arts, boxing, and football, or participating in high-speed sports such as inline skating, bicycling, and skiing are at high risk for hand and wrist injuries. Sports that require weight to be put on the hands and wrists, like gymnastics and cheerleading, can also result in injury.

Anyone can injure their hand or wrist quite easily, however, due to the intricate nature of the bones, muscles, and tendons found there. Simple projects in and around the home like mowing the lawn or using tools can lead to one of the conditions listed below.

Some of the most common types of wrist and hand injuries are:

  • Sprains, or damage to ligaments, (the tissues that connect bone to bone), and joints. There are different degrees of sprain, ranging from a small tear to a complete rupture.
  • Fractures, which are cracks in the bone.
  • Dislocated Bones.
  • Pulled Muscles.

There are a few specific injuries to the hand and wrist that can occur as well, such as “Skier’s Thumb” and “Mallet Finger”. Skier’s Thumb is a tear to the ulnar collateral ligament (ULC) in your thumb. This injury is caused by putting too much pressure on the outstretched thumb and forefinger. It is characterized by pain in the webbed area between the base of the thumb and forefinger, swelling in the thumb, and difficulty grasping.

“Mallet Finger” occurs when the extensor tendon in your finger is torn. This tendon is responsible for extending the outermost tip of your finger, like when you point or hold up the number one. When you have this injury, however, you are unable to do so, and the finger will droop. It will not be able to extend, except by using your other hand as a brace.

While the symptoms of hand and wrist injuries are as varied as the injuries themselves, they can be very painful and annoying, impeding your ability to complete simple tasks, be independent, or otherwise carry on with your day. Anything from showering, buttoning a shirt, and putting on your shoes, to playing ball with the kids, taking Fido for a walk, or hitting the gym after work can be painful or impossible with certain injuries to the wrist or hand.

Typical symptoms of hand and wrist injuries include redness, swelling, and localized dull pain; throbbing, burning, or sharp pain; rubbing, “crunching”, or grinding sensations.  If you experience severe degrees of any of these symptoms, or cannot put weight on the area after an injury, you may need immediate medical help.

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