Your hands and wrists allow incredible dexterity in both everyday activities and in high-intensity situations. While minor hand or wrist pain is more common than severe injuries, severe injuries including broken bones as well as joint dislocations and ligament tears do occur.1 Both young and old people can suffer from severe injuries, albeit for different reasons. Children often experience hand and wrist injuries while playing or during sports. Older people can experience injuries to these areas due to a loss of muscle and bone mass.
Hand and Wrist Injuries
Typically hand and wrist injuries fall into two categories, acute and overuse injuries. Acute injuries usually involve immediate swelling and pain, while overuse injuries might cause increased pain over time. Onto Orthopedics, the home of Dr. Shawn Hayden, treats many acute and overuse hand and wrist injuries.
Acute Injuries- These include ligament injuries (skiier's thumb), bruises, tendon injuries (mallet finger), joint injuries, pulled muscles or strains, dislocations, crushing injuries (can produce compartment syndrome), or broken bones.
Overuse Injuries- These include carpal tunnel syndrome (involving excess pressure on the median nerve), tendon pain (often generated by tendonisis or small tendon tears), or De Quervain's disease when tendons become inflamed. These injuries often involve pain, weakness, numbness, or tingling in the affected area.
Treatment varies depending on location and severity of your wrist or hand injury. While minor injuries can typically be treated at home, more severe chronic or acute problems should be treated by a professional. If you suspect that you have a severe wrist or hand injury, contact us soon after applying first aid. Our team of specialists will help make sure you get the attention you deserve for your hand or wrist.