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November 16, 2017 • Family MedicineHand, Wrist and Elbow Center
Injuries to parts of the hand and arm, like the elbows, wrists and fingers, have multiple causes. Acute injury, overuse, bad technique or improper physical fitness before participating in certain activities are often to blame. Here are some of the most common injuries in the hand and arm, and what you can do to treat and prevent them.
Elbow injuries are often caused by overuse and repetitive motion, and they can develop in anyone who uses their arms repeatedly to complete certain motions—including non-athletes. A few common elbow injuries to be aware of include:
Wrist and Forearm Injuries
Falls that lead to fractures of the arm can happen in any sport. Wrist fractures are more common in sports like skateboarding, skating, football and soccer. Wrist sprains can also occur when the wrist is bent backward, which tears the ligament connecting the bones in the wrist.
Hand and Finger Injuries
Common in rock climbing, football and baseball, hand and finger injuries can be caused by a variety of reasons. A thumb sprain occurs when the thumb is pushed backward with force, stretching or tearing its ligament. Thumb sprains are frequent in football, basketball and baseball, all of which involve catching a ball.
Tendon injuries are also possible in the hands if the tip of the finger is injured. If you find yourself unable to straighten or bend a finger, see your doctor immediately.
Treating Arm and Hand Injuries
Depending on the exact injury, treatment for maladies in the arm and hands may vary. Some treatments include:
There are a few steps you can take to prevent these kinds of injuries while exercising:
Your doctor can offer additional recommendations on preventing and treating arm and hand injuries during sports or other activities.
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“Top Arm and Hand Injuries From Exercise.” WebMD. https://www.webmd.com/pain-management/arm-hand-injuries#1
“Arm Injuries and Disorders.” MedlinePlus. https://medlineplus.gov/arminjuriesanddisorders.html
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This information is not intended to replace the advice of a medical professional. You should always consult your doctor before making decisions about your health.