Hand & Wrist Pain | Work & Sports Related Injuries

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Whether you’re an athlete dodging tackles or a construction worker wielding a hammer, you’re at risk of hand and wrist injuries. These delicate joints are prone to sprains, strains, and fractures from a variety of causes, including falls, repetitive motions, and sudden impacts.

What Are The Most Common Hand & Wrist Injuries You Treat?

Work-related injuries can include repetitive strain injury, carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, burns, lacerations, and broken bones. Sports-related injuries can include traumatic injuries such as joint dislocations, sprains, broken bones, tendon inflammation, and ligament tears, as well as overuse injuries.

Most hand and wrist injuries can be fully recovered from with proper management. However, it’s important to see a doctor right away if you experience any pain, swelling, or difficulty moving your hands or wrists.

 

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a common condition that occurs when the nerves in your wrist become compressed or pinched. This compression leads to pain, numbness, tingling, and weakness in the hand and fingers. It’s often associated with repetitive hand movements or activities that require flexing your wrist. If you’re experiencing symptoms like nighttime hand numbness or difficulty gripping objects, it’s essential to seek medical attention.

Arthritis

Arthritis can affect the hand and wrist joints, causing pain, stiffness, and reduced mobility over time. Osteoarthritis, the most common form of arthritis, results from the wear and tear of joint cartilage. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune condition that affects multiple joints, including those in the hands and wrists. Early diagnosis and treatment can help manage arthritis symptoms and prevent joint damage.

Trigger Finger

Trigger finger (Stenosing Tenosynovitis) is a condition where one of your fingers or your thumb catches in a bent position and then straightens with a snap, like a trigger being pulled and released. This occurs due to inflammation in the tendon sheath, causing it to thicken and restrict smooth movement. Symptoms may include pain, stiffness, and the sensation of your finger locking in place.

Tendonitis

Tendonitis in the hand or wrist occurs when the tendons connecting your forearm’s muscles to the bones in your hand become inflamed. This inflammation can lead to pain when moving the wrist or lifting objects. Tendonitis is often associated with repetitive motions, making it a common issue among individuals in professions requiring repetitive hand and wrist movements.

Fractures and Dislocations

Hand and wrist fractures and dislocations can result from accidents or traumatic events. Fractures involve broken bones, while dislocations refer to the misalignment of joint surfaces. Both conditions can cause severe pain, swelling, and deformity. Prompt evaluation and treatment are crucial to ensure proper healing and restore hand and wrist function.

What Should I Do If I Injure My Hand or Wrist?

For minor hand injuries, you can often manage them at home with a well-rounded game plan. Try following the RICE method. Give your hand some much-needed Rest, cool things off with an Ice pack, provide gentle wrapping for Compression, Elevate the limb to reduce swelling, and consider using over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication like ibuprofen or naproxen to help with the pain and swelling. Remember, these simple steps can make a big difference in your recovery.

When to Go to Urgent Care for a Hand or Wrist Injury

Severe Pain

Pain is a subjective experience, so it can be difficult to define what constitutes “severe” pain. However, if the pain is so intense that it interferes with your ability to function in your daily life, it is likely severe enough to seek medical attention. Some signs of severe pain include:

  • Pain that is so intense that it makes it difficult to think or concentrate
  • Pain that is so severe that it prevents you from sleeping
  • Pain that is so severe that it makes it difficult to move your hand or wrist
  • Pain that is accompanied by other symptoms, such as swelling, numbness, or coldness

Severe Swelling

Swelling is a natural response to injury. However, severe swelling can be a sign of a more serious injury, such as a broken bone, ligament tear, or tendon rupture. Some signs of severe swelling include:

  • Swelling that is so severe that it makes it difficult to move your fingers or wear rings
  • Swelling that is accompanied by pain, redness, or warmth
  • Swelling that does not improve after a few days

Numbness

Numbness is a loss of sensation in a particular area of the body. It can be caused by damage to the nerves that supply that area. Numbness in the hand or wrist can be a sign of nerve damage caused by a variety of factors, including:

  • Injury, such as a broken bone, ligament tear, or tendon rupture
  • Repetitive strain injury
  • Arthritis
  • Diabetes
  • Certain medications

Coldness or Grayness

Coldness or grayness in the hand or wrist can be a sign of a circulation problem. This can happen due to issues like nerve damage, blood flow problems, or tissue damage in the hands or fingers.

Twisting or Bending

If your hand or finger looks deformed or bent at an odd angle, this could be a sign of a broken bone or dislocated joint. Broken bones can occur from a variety of injuries, including falls, blows to the hand or wrist, and sports injuries. Dislocated joints occur when the bones of a joint are forced out of their normal position.

Noisy Movements

If you hear strange clicking, grating, or popping sounds when you move your hand or wrist, this could be a sign of a torn ligament or tendon. Ligaments are tough bands of tissue that connect bones to each other. Tendons are tough bands of tissue that connect muscles to bones. Tears in ligaments or tendons can occur from a variety of injuries, including repetitive strain injuries and sports injuries.

Persistent Bleeding

Bleeding is a normal part of some injuries, such as cuts and scrapes. However, persistent bleeding can be a sign of a more serious injury, such as a deep cut, blood vessel injury, or bleeding disorder.

AFC Urgent Care is here to help you when you experience a hand or wrist injury. Our experienced medical team will provide a thorough evaluation and, if necessary, conduct X-rays to ensure a proper diagnosis. Whether your injury is minor enough to manage at home or requires medical attention, we’ll provide comprehensive care to get you back on track quickly and safely. Your well-being is our top priority, so don’t hesitate to reach out if you need us.

If you can’t make it to AFC immediately after an incident, use the R.I.C.E. method.

AFC Orthopedic Bed

Rest – After an accident, get to a comfortable location as soon as possible, and rest to prevent additional strain on the injury.

AFC Orthopedic Ice Pack

Ice – Wrap an ice pack in a towel and apply it to the injury for 15 to 20 minutes. Reapply the ice every 3 hours. If you don’t have an ice pack, a bag of frozen produce will get the job done.

AFC Orthopedic Knee Brace

Compress – Put pressure on the injured area by wrapping it with an elastic bandage. Make sure the bandage is tight but not too tight. You can tell if the bandage is too tight when the injured area turns blue or starts feeling numb.

AFC Orthopedic Pillows

Elevate – To properly elevate your injury, position the injured area to rest above your heart. The most common way to elevate the injury is to stack several pillows under your foot, arm, ankle or leg while resting in bed or on a sofa.