Sport Injuries

Wrist and hand injuries are commonplace in sporting activities. Sports-related hand injuries vary greatly, and include injuries that are acute and traumatic in nature, as well overuse injuries where by stress to the damaged structure/s has accumulated over time.

Injuries like these may not seem serious at first, but left untreated, can put athletes of all levels on the sidelines for months, and have a lasting effect on function. It is important to seek help as soon as possible as delaying treatment may result in long-term problems or even a permanent disability.

Common sports injuries include:

  • Sprains: This is damage to ligaments of the fingers, thumb, wrist and elbow. There are different grades of sprains from a minor tear to complete rupture. A common example is a volar plate injury.
  • Injuries to the bone: Bones can be fractured or dislocated. A fracture is a crack or break in a bone, and a dislocation is when a bone is pushed out of place so that they no longer line up correctly at the joint. Fractures and dislocations can occur to the metacarpals (the bones in the hand just before your knuckles), the phalanges (the bones between the joints of your fingers), the carpals (the eight small bones that make up your wrist), the radius and ulna (the two long bones in your forearm) and the humerus (the long bone in your upper arm).
  • Soft tissue injuries: Tendons are a type of connective tissue that attaches muscle to bone. A common injury of the tendon is called tendinitis (an acute irritation of the tissue), or tendinosis (chronic degeneration of the tendon). These injuries are commonly referred to as overuse injuries because they happen over time, usually from repetitive training.
  • Closed-tendon injuries: The most common example being Mallet Finger.

Treatment and recovery time for these injuries greatly vary and depend on a range of factors, including the severity of the injury, how long ago the injury occurred, personal factors such as age, health, other activities (such as work and hobbies) and compliance.

At Hand Works we understand that sport is a valued occupation. We are committed to providing high quality treatment, which is tailored to suit your individual demands, to ensure a prompt, safe return to field.