Mid Atlantic Orthopedic Associates Blog

Check back often for the latest from Mid Atlantic!

Hand and Wrist Injuries You'll Want a Doctor to Look At

Wrist and hand fractures are some of the most common injuries that we treat. As some of the most frequently used parts of the body, your hands and wrists are prone and susceptible to various types of chronic and acute pain.

If you suspect that you may have a hand or wrist injury, we recommend that you consult with your primary care physician or seek the help of a specialist as soon as possible.

To help you learn a little more about hand and wrist injuries, here are some of the most common types of injuries that you will want a doctor to inspect.

1) Hand Fracture

Hand fractures are very common amongst athletes but bear in mind that hand fractures can happen to anyone. This involves the breaking of the metacarpals or the bones that make up your hand and end just before the knuckle, where your fingers begin.

2) Finger Fracture

Finger fractures are another common injury that can be caused by striking an object with the fingers. This can also occur from the fingers being struck by another object unexpectedly, resulting in the breaking of one or more of your phalanges, or the bones that make up your fingers.

3) Wrist Sprain

A wrist sprain involves the stretching or tearing of the soft tissues in your wrist. If you have recently fallen and used your hands to break your fall, there is a chance that you may have bent your wrist backward in a way that may have stretched or torn the ligaments that support your wrist.

4) Wrist Fracture

If you fall hard enough and use your hands to brace for impact, you can risk fracturing your wrist. There are eight small bones that make up the wrist. The bones can commonly be broken in falls, athletics, and also in car accidents.

5) Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a painful condition that is caused by the compression of the median nerve in the wrist. When this nerve is compressed, it can cause inflammation and result in pain and the malfunctioning of that nerve. Carpal tunnel is a common overuse injury, that is most commonly related to repetitive motions that you perform at your job or place of work.

If you believe that you may have one or more of these conditions, please contact our office so that we can assist you.

When You Should See a Doctor for Hip Pain
Common Foot Injuries That Could Lead to Surgery