It’s common to injure your wrist while playing sports, such as golf or tennis. But when you first sustain the injury, you might not think a wrist pain or a sore finger is serious. However, if left untreated, it can disrupt your usual activities for months. Worse still, it can potentially have a lasting effect on your normal wrist functioning.
Sports-Related Injuries That Cause Wrist Pain
According to a study in Current Reviews in Musculoskeletal Medicine, between three and nine percent of all sports injuries involve the wrist or hand. Sports-related injuries can range from a minor ache to a dislocation or fracture of your wrist.
Some of the most common wrist injuries that result in pain involving the wrist include:
Wrist sprains. When you suffer a wrist sprain while participating in a sports-related activity, it involves an injury to your tendon or muscle. It causes tenderness, pain, swelling, redness, and warmth to the touch. To alleviate the pain, you need to rest the affected wrist. In addition to rest, ice, compression, and elevation, known by the acronym R.I.C.E., can help. This treatment plan is the most widely used option for a wrist sprain.
Wrist tendonitis. A swelling and irritation of the tissue around the tendons of your thumb, wrist tendonitis can be painful. Symptoms include pain and swelling while extending and bending your wrist, as well as pain in the front portion of the area. The usual treatment for wrist tendonitis is anti-inflammatories and steroid injections. However, if you’re suffering badly, surgery is sometimes recommended.
Scaphoid fracture. The scaphoid bone is located within your wrist area. This can be fractured if you fall onto an outstretched hand. This injury can take weeks to diagnose as many people believe they’ve suffered a sprain as the pain is not as intense as a general wrist fracture. The usual treatment for a scaphoid fracture is to wear a cast until you heal. If the bone has been displaced, you’ll need surgery.
Wrist fracture. This is the most serious injury that can occur through playing sports. It results in pain, swelling and, if the bone has broken through the skin, you’ll bleed. Simple fractures are treated by wearing a plaster cast. More severe cases may result in the need for your bones to be realigned.
Playing sports is a wonderful way to keep fit, have fun, and to spend your time. If you’ve hurt yourself tough, and are experiencing pain in your wrist, set up an appointment here at Florida Hand Center, so you can get back to playing the sports you love. For new patient appointments call 941-625-3782 for our Port Charlotte location and 941-625-3782 for our Fort Myers location.