Comprehensive Care

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Our Specialists

Hand, Wrist & Elbow

John S. Foley, MD
John S. Foley, MD
Hand, Wrist & Elbow

MedStar Montgomery Medical Center
Curtis Mitchell Henn, MD
Curtis Mitchell Henn, MD
Hand, Wrist & Elbow
PhonePhone: 202-444-3668

MedStar Georgetown University Hospital
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute - Lafayette Centre
Ryan M. Jander, MD
Ryan M. Jander, MD
Hand, Wrist & Elbow

MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Alexandria
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Brandywine
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Lake Ridge
Michael William Kessler, MD

MedStar Georgetown University Hospital
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute - Chevy Chase
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute - Lafayette Centre

General Orthopedics

John P. Byrne, MD
John P. Byrne, MD
General Orthopedic Surgery

MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Alexandria
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Brandywine
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Waldorf
Dennis A. Carlini, MD
Dennis A. Carlini, MD
General Orthopedic Surgery

MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Brandywine
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Lorton
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Waldorf
Shaun Kumar Khosla, MD
Shaun Kumar Khosla, MD
General Orthopedic Surgery

MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Lake Ridge
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Lorton
MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center
Bruce Robert Knolmayer, MD
Bruce Robert Knolmayer, MD
General Orthopedic Surgery

MedStar Montgomery Medical Center
Edward C. Rabbitt, MD
Edward C. Rabbitt, MD
General Orthopedic Surgery

MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Alexandria
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Brandywine
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Waldorf
Jeffrey D. Sabloff, MD
Jeffrey D. Sabloff, MD
General Orthopedic Surgery

MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Alexandria
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Brandywine
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Waldorf

Locations

3800 Reservoir Road Northwest Washington, DC, 20007
Phone: 202-444-8766
18109 Prince Philip Drive, Suite 325 Olney, MD, 20832
Phone: 301-774-8958
106 Irving Street Northwest, Washington, DC, 20010
Phone: 202-877-6000
1120 20th Street Northwest, Building 1 South Washington, DC, 20036
Phone: 202-416-2000
13950 Brandywine Road, 2nd Floor Brandywine, MD, 20613
Phone: 301-856-1682
5454 Wisconsin Avenue, 11th Floor Chevy Chase, MD, 20815
Phone: 301-215-9423
6355 Walker Lane, Suite 501 Alexandria, VA, 22310
Phone: 703-971-3701
12825 Minnieville Road, Suite 203 Woodbridge, VA, 22192
Phone: 703-971-3701
11325 Pembrooke Square, Suite 115 Waldorf, MD, 20603
Phone: 301-856-1682