Hand And Wrist Injuries

December 31st, 2018 by LOC Team

Hand and wrist injuries are most common during sports, work, DIY, fights, trips and falls. The risk of getting a hand or wrist injury in contact sports is high as these types of sports increase the likelihood of your falling over, coming into contact with other people and things like that.

The sports that increase the likelihood of hand and wrist injuries include football, wrestling, snowboarding, biking, skateboarding, rugby, tennis, skiing, hockey and many more. Of course, you also increase your chances of getting a wrist or hand injury during sports in which you bare weight on your hands and arms, like skiing with poles for example.

In children, most hand and wrist injuries occur during play when a child falls over. Any injury that occurs in a child at the end of a long bone near a joint needs to be looked at. This is because this accident may injure the growth plate.

In older people, most hand and wrist injuries are due to a loss in muscle mass and bone strength. When we age, we lose muscle, and our bones begin to weaken, and this makes hand and wrist injuries and, most commonly, fractures in older people very common. Of course, some older people also have problems with their vision and balance, and this increases their chances of falling and injuring their hands and wrists.

Most minor wrist and hand injuries will heal on their own with home treatments normally being enough to promote natural healing. However, some hand and wrist injuries need medical attention, and some may even require surgery. Of course, if you aren’t sure what you have done to your hand or your wrist, seek medical advice. If you're in pain, see a doctor, they will be able to treat your hand or wrist injury and help you manage your pain.

If you think that you have fractured your hand or wrist, a very common injury during the sports mentioned above and are a common result of a fall for everyone, make sure you go to A and E. A hand or wrist fracture requires immediate medical attention and some hand and wrist fractures can require surgery.

Some common hand and wrist injuries include:

  • Bruising
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Tendon pain
  • Injuries to tendons, ligaments, joints, muscles
  • Dislocations

Of course, with many accidents and fall, you can damage many different parts of your hand and wrist and so you should always seek medical attention if you are unsure what is wrong with your hand or wrist.

We have a lot of articles here that detail many of the wrist and hand injuries we have mentioned above. If you suspect that you have one of these hand and wrist injuries, please take a look at the articles about them on here. Of course, if you suspect that you have a serious hand or wrist injury and would like us to diagnose it and treat it, please get in touch. We’d be happy to help diagnose and treat your hand or wrist condition and get you back to your normal self as quickly as possible.