Whether you are a beginner, recreational athlete or an elite professional, you may experience tendonitis or another sports-related hand or wrist injury at some point during your life. The caring and experienced team of physicians at MedStar Orthopaedic Institute can help. Our team includes physicians, sports physical therapists, occupational therapists, and athletic trainers who are all dedicated to helping you return to your desired level of activity as quickly and safely as possible.
What are the most common hand and wrist sports injuries?
Some of the most common sports injuries are listed below.
Tendonitis is the result of overuse of a tendon, often in the hand and wrist. It commonly affects individuals who play tennis, softball, baseball, football, golf, and other physical activities that involve repetitive hand or wrist movements.
Arthritis of the hand and wrist can occur after years of gradual wear and tear on the joints, or as the result of a traumatic injury that takes place years before arthritis occurs.
Trigger finger is a condition in which your finger gets “stuck” in place, causing pain and swelling. Trigger finger can develop when the protective covering surrounding the tendon in the finger becomes inflamed. This prevents the tendon from sliding back and forth smoothly when you bend your finger.
Carpal tunnel is a common problem that affects the hands and can be worsened by overuse activities, including sports that involve the hands or typing on a computer. Carpal tunnel is characterized by numbness and tingling that often wake people up at night. It can also cause pain in the hand and wrist that can radiate up the arm.
Fractures involving the intricate bone structure found in the hand and wrist often require complex fracture repair of the hand or wrist to properly repair the broken bone(s) and ensure their properly-aligned healing. Trauma to the hand or wrist is often the result of playing an impact sport, such as football.
Injury Prevention at MedStar Orthopaedic Institute
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute developed a comprehensive program to reduce sports injury risk. Our program involves educating patients about proper dynamic warm-ups, implementing a targeted strengthening program, and a progressive plyometric program. Our mission is to help educate and train as many teams, coaches, and parents as possible to help minimize the risk of an athlete suffering these common injuries.
We know that to manage injuries appropriately, we need to look at why they occurred. In addition to traditional evaluation measures, our assessment includes a careful review of training techniques, inspection of equipment, and/or biomechanical activity analysis.
At MedStar Orthopaedic Institute, our goal is not simply to treat your injury, but also to integrate the injured joint or muscle into the total performance of the body. We emphasize early intervention, learning techniques to avoid complications, and maintaining good physical conditioning even during injury recovery.
Learn more about how we prevent, diagnose, and treat sports injuries at MedStar Orthopaedic Institute:
- Sports injuries treatments
- Sports performance services and enhancements
If you are suffering from a sports-related injury, call 202-295-0511 to schedule a consultation with one of our orthopedic specialists at MedStar Orthopaedic Institute. Our doctors have years of experience diagnosing and treating sports injuries and are pleased to offer comprehensive sports medicine in the Washington, D.C. area.