Hand & Wrist Sports Injuries Specialist

Georgia Hand, Shoulder & Elbow -  - Orthopaedic Specialist

Georgia Hand, Shoulder & Elbow

Orthopaedic Surgeons located in Atlanta, Marietta, & Athens, GA

Your hands and wrists play a vital role in most sports, whether it be throwing, catching, guiding, or holding. If you suffered an injury to your hand or wrist, the sports medicine experts at Georgia Hand, Shoulder & Elbow offer both conservative treatments and advanced surgical interventions when necessary to alleviate your pain and enable you to resume the sport you love. Find the right solution for your hand and wrist sports injuries by calling the Atlanta, Athens, or Marietta, Georgia, office today or booking an appointment online.

Hand & Wrist Sports Injuries Q & A

What are hand and wrist sports injuries?

Hand and wrist sports injuries typically involve damage to the bones, tendons, or ligaments in the joints.

These types of hand and wrist sports injuries have different grades, from a mild stretching of the tissues to complete rupture, where the tendon or ligament separates entirely from the bone.

You could also dislocate a joint or fracture the bones in your hand or wrist.

What hand and wrist sports injuries are most common?

Types of hand and wrist sports injuries the team at Georgia Hand, Shoulder & Elbow sees most often include:

Thumb sprains

Falling onto your thumb or trapping it in your equipment as you fall can sprain the ulnar collateral ligament. Thumb sprains affect your ability to grip, and if you tear the ligament completely, you may lose all function in your thumb.

Wrist sprains

Landing on your palms when you fall or any instances where you bend your wrist back too far can result in a ligament sprain.

Fractures

The most common hand fractures occur in the metacarpals (the bones under your knuckles) and the phalanges (the bones between your finger joints). 

Scaphoid fractures and distal radius fractures are common types of a broken wrist, and you could also break or dislocate the proximal interphalangeal (PIP) joint above your knuckles.

De Quervain's tenosynovitis

De Quervain's tenosynovitis is common in athletes whose sport requires repeated rotation of the wrist and gripping action, such as racket sports. This leads to tendon irritation on the thumb side of your wrist that causes the tissues to swell and restricts tendon movement.

ECU tendinitis

Extensor carpi ulnaris (ECU) tendinitis is inflammation of the tendon on the back of your wrist. It has similar causes to De Quervain's tenosynovitis.

Baseball and jersey finger

Baseball or mallet finger occurs when a ball strikes the tip of your finger and bends it over, tearing your extensor tendon and making it hard to move the affected finger. Jersey finger results from overextension of the finger that causes flexor tendon damage.

How are hand and wrist sports injuries treated?

Some injuries, like severe fractures, might require surgery as soon as possible, but other conditions typically benefit from less invasive treatments. The Georgia Hand, Shoulder & Elbow team uses methods such as:

  • Bracing or splinting
  • Heat and ice
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • Stretching and strengthening exercises
  • Physical and occupational therapy
  • Corticosteroid injections

Most patients with a hand or wrist sports injury recover well with conservative treatments. The Georgia Hand, Shoulder & Elbow team also specializes in minimally invasive arthroscopic surgery, which they perform at their Georgia Surgical Center on Peachtree Road.

To benefit from the team's expertise in treating hand and wrist sports injuries, call Georgia Hand, Shoulder & Elbow today or book an appointment online.