Sports Injuries

What are Athletic Injuries?

Sports-related hand injuries are one of the most common causes of hand, finger, and wrist pain. There are a variety of hand and wrist sports injuries that can require treatment from an orthopedic hand specialist. These include:

  • Wrist ligament tear impaction
  • Scaphoid fractures
  • Tendon injuries
  • Mallet finger
  • Tendon sheath or pulley injuries
  • Wrist fractures
  • Stress fractures
  • Joint dislocations
  • Jammed finger
  • Muscle or wrist sprain
  • Tendon inflammation

An orthopedic hand specialist is the best medical professional to diagnose and treat hand and wrist injuries. Our team can help you regain movement and explore ways to prevent future traumatic hand and wrist injuries as part of your treatment.

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Hand and wrist injuries come in many forms but some of the telltale signs of injury in the hands and wrist include swelling, severe wrist pain, and a lack of wrist motion. In minor cases of wrist injury, you may have achiness and stiffness, while in more severe cases of wrist sprains, you may have disabling wrist pain leaving you unable to move an outstretched hand or middle and ring fingers. Additionally, swelling can range from mild to noticeably deformed. In any case, it’s important to see an orthopedic hand specialist as soon as possible after a sports injury.

What Causes Hand or Wrist Injuries?

The wrists, fingers, and hands can be especially prone to injuries that arise from crushing, twisting, or overextension. These types of force are more common in sports, especially physical ones. Additionally, athletes can experience problems with their hands because of overuse and repetitive stress throughout their careers. Some sports are notorious for causing chronic injuries or overuse injuries with the hands and wrists like tennis, golf, contact sports, or baseball.

What Treatment Options Are Available for Hand and Wrist Injuries?

What treatment sports-related hand injuries involve can greatly depend on the severity of your injury. In the case of stable fractures or inflammation, a wrist brace and anti-inflammatory medications can be enough to help the area heal. In the case of more severe pain like dislocations, tendon injuries, scaphoid fracture, or other severe fractures, surgery may be needed. Your orthopedic hand specialist will take an x-ray or other medical scan to diagnose your injury and discuss your treatment options accordingly.

What to Expect After Sports Injury Treatment

Sports-related injuries involve wrist motion rest and physical therapy to help you regain mobility. However, severe soft tissue injuries or hand and wrist injuries commonly are long-lasting and require ongoing treatment. Your orthopedic hand specialist will ensure you understand the outcomes of treating hyperextension wrist injury or another wrist fracture. can be expected and how to care for the area if you undergo surgery. You’ll also discuss ways to protect your wrist motion and yourself against sports injuries in the future.

Schedule a Consultation at the Regional Hand Center

In order to continue doing your favorite sport, it’s important to partner with an orthopedic hand specialist who can help you regain use of your hand. To schedule an appointment, contact our Fresno, CA office by calling or filling out our online form.

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Whether you are planning a procedure or you are interested in options for treatment, the professional and caring Regional Hand Center team makes it easy to find the answers you need. For an appointment or answers to your questions, call (559) 322-HAND.

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