Hand and Wrist injury Treatment Questions and Answers
If you are experiencing hand or wrist pain from an injury, contact The Spine and Orthopedic Institute today! Our orthopedic specialists are available to help diagnose and treat your hand or wrist pain.
What is the most common hand injury?
Hand and Wrist injuries are some of the most common injuries other than ankle and foot injuries. These injuries are very common in athletes and workers, but many do not seek treatment. If you do not seek treatment for your hand and wrist injury, it can lead to long-term problems and even permanent disability.
Some of the most common injuries to hands or wrists are:
Sprains are damage to the ligaments. A ligament is a type of tissue that connects from bone to bone.
- Thumb sprains
Ulnar collateral ligament can be sprained if you have a fall on your hand. This ligament acts as a hinge and helps your thumb to function properly.
- Wrist Sprains
Wrist sprains can happen when you fall to try to catch yourself. It is a natural response that causes you to land on your palm, either by bending your wrist backwards or possibly stretching or tearing the ligaments connecting the bones in your wrist, resulting in a wrist sprain.
- Injuries to the bone
Bones can be easily fractured or dislocated. A fracture is a break or crack in the bone. It is commonly referred to as a broken bone as well. A dislocation is when a bone is pushed out of place so they no longer line up correctly at the joint.
- Hand fractures
Hand Fractures which are the bones in your hand before your knuckles and your bones between the joints of your fingers are also common injuries.
- Wrist fractures
Scaphoid fractures, which is another wrist fracture, is one of eight small bones that make up the wrist. This wrist fracture is common in sports, work and motor vehicle accidents.
- Dislocations of the PIP Joint
One of the most common hand injuries happens to the joint above the knuckle, which is the proximal interphalangeal (PIP) joint.
- Soft tissue and closed tendon injuries
A type of connective tissue that attaches muscle to bone is a tendon. A common injury of the tendon is called tendonitis, an irritation of the tissue.
- DeQuervain’s Syndrome
Common injury with people who use a lot of wrist motion, especially repetitive rotating and gripping.
- ECU Tendonitis
ECU Tendonitis is another common closed tendon injury. ECU tendonitis is an inflammation of a tendon that runs along the back of your wrist and is caused by repetitive twisting and backward flexion of the wrist.
- Baseball finger
An injury that commonly occurs at the beginning of baseball season for athletes. It occurs when the ball hits the tip of your finger, forcing it to bend down.
- Jersey finger
This injury is the opposite of mallet finger, and occurs when the fingertip is forcibly extended.
- Boutonniere Deformity
Is an injury to the tendons that straighten your fingers.
While there are many more hand and wrist injuries, these are some of the most common injuries our clinic sees.
What doctor should I see for hand or wrist injuries?
Depending on the severity of your hand or wrist injury, you may be referred to see an Orthopedic Surgeon. Hand or wrist injuries include:
- Pain in your fingers, hand, wrist, or arm that lasts for more than a few days
- Difficulty using your hand or wrist to perform daily functions
- Joint pain that gets worse when resting
- Swelling or bruising around your hand or wrist
- Limited range of motion
- Joint deformity
- Signs of infection including fever, redness around your wrist or hand or inflammation
What are common hand and wrist injuries?
Symptoms of hand injuries can be caused by one of the following conditions which are commonly seen by our orthopedic surgeons:
- Injuries to your hand, wrist or arm
- Locking fingers (trigger fingers)
- Bent fingers
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Sports injuries to the hand and wrist
Do I need a referral to see an orthopedic surgeon?
Most primary care physicians are able to treat minor injuries for your wrists and hands, however they may refer you to an orthopedic specialist if you are in need of more specialized care. Complex cases such as any surgeries or additional care with limited range of motion, these cases are best treated by an orthopedic surgeon.
Before your first appointment with one of our surgeons at The Spine and Orthopedic Institute, please arrive early in case there may be any forms to fill out. Bring any insurance cards with you as well as shorts or a sleeveless shirt depending on the injured area we are going to diagnose. And finally, be prepared with any questions you may have about your condition and medical history.
If you or someone you know is experiencing hand or wrist issues or pain, contact the Spine and Orthopedic Institute today. Our experienced and qualified professionals are dedicated in helping to treat your hand and wrist pain and to restore your hands and wrists back to good health. Book an appointment today, we are available by appointment only Monday to Friday and conveniently located at 5020 Victor Drive Medina OH 44256. We serve patients from Medina OH, Middleburg Heights OH, Akron OH, Parma OH, and Wellington OH.