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Wrist and Hand Injuries

22/06/2017

Wrist Pain

Wrist pain is often experienced through discomfort in the wrist or upper hand area and is commonly caused by a number of injuries, including sprains and/or fractures. Carpal tunnel syndrome, arthritis and repetitive motion can also lead to wrist pain. Although small, the human wrist is made up of eight bones, alongside, ligaments, tendons and tissue. All of these components within a relatively small structure means that the wrists can be easy to damage, which could cause not only pain but also limited use of the wrist and hand. A... Read More

11/05/2017

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) (pressure on the median nerve)

The median nerve is one of the nerves which supplies the hand. It passes through wrist in a narrow channel (carpal tunnel, CT) along with flexor tendons. Inflammation of the muscle/tendons/fractured wrist can reduce the space in the carpal tunnel which causes pressure on the nerve. Causes Carpal tunnel syndrome is caused by a lack of room in the carpal tunnel, any swelling around it can compress the median nerve, causing the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome. Repeated activities requiring wrist movements can lead to inflamed tendons – these movements may... Read More

Scaphoid Fracture

SUMMARY Causes: High force or weight through the wrist Falling on an outstretched arm onto a hard surface Common in skateboarding, snowboarding and skiing Symptoms: Pain in the wrist at the point of injury Swelling and aching in the area Reduced grip and strength in the wrist Treatment: Rest and Immobilisation Plaster Cast Strengthening and stretching exercises What is a Scaphoid Fracture? A scaphoid fracture occurs when one of the small bones located in the wrist between the outer arm bone (radius) and the thumb. The most common cause of... Read More

Mallet Finger

SUMMARY Causes: Over-bending in the end of the finger causing damage to the tendon Attempting to catch a fast ball common in sports such as baseball, basketball and cricket Symptoms: Pain and swelling in the finger Finger remains bent with an inability to straighten the finger Treatment: Finger Splint Surgery What is Mallet Finger? Mallet finger occurs when the tendon which is found in the finger responsible for straightening and extending the tip becomes damaged or torn and as a result the patient suffers an inability to straighten the finger.... Read More

Wrist Sprain

SUMMARY Causes: High force or weight through the wrist Falling on an outstretched arm onto a hard surface Common in skateboarding, snowboarding and skiing Overuse injury Symptoms: Pain in the wrist at the point of injury Stiffness aching in the wrist Swelling and aching in the area Reduced grip and strength in the wrist Pain in activities which involve using the wrist such as gripping Treatment: RICE method Wrist braces and taping Strengthening and stretching exercises What is a Sprained Wrist? A wrist sprain occurs when the connective tissue in... Read More

Wrist Injuries

Injuries of the wrist are hugely common in sports. Hockey, lacrosse, winter sports, golf, racquet sports are all common culprits of the wrist injury and unfortunately if you play one of these sports and others, you are likely to sustain injury in some point in your sporting career. The most common injury to the wrist is a sprain or partially torn ligament as a result of over stretching. Overuse injury as a result of continually putting added strain on the wrist is also a very commonly seen injury of the... Read More

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What is Skiers Thumb?

For those planning to hit the slopes this winter, we thought we’d dedicate this post to one of the most common injuries amongst the ski enthusiasts – the skiers thumb. What many people don’t realise is just how much we rely on our thumb for most hand movements, gripping and simply just being able to move our other fingers pain free. Injure your thumb and you soon know about it! Skiers thumb got its name because of the manner in which skiers grip their poles. When a fall occurs the... Read More

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That’s a wrap! – Taping your hands for Boxing/MMA

The purpose of the hand wrap is simple, to protect the fighter’s hands and hand injuries put boxers out of action more than any other injury! The hands are up made of many delicate joints and bones that can easily be damaged when punching either training or during a fight. The purpose of the hand wrap is to hold your hand together, supporting the fingers, knuckles, wrist and hand in general, and not, contrary to popular belief to cushion the impact for the knuckles, that’s the job of the glove.... Read More