Whether working or playing, so much of what we do relies on the proper functioning of the hand, wrist, and elbow. The structure of the hand and wrist is complex, including 27 different bones, joint cartilage, and a network of veins, arteries, nerves, muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Supporting the function of the hand and wrist is the elbow, the hinge joint at which the three long bones of the arm meet in the middle of the arm. Hand, wrist, and elbow sports injuries are a common problem, and can interfere with all areas of daily living. Getting proper treatment for hand, wrist, and elbow injuries is imperative.
Hand, Wrist, & Elbow Pain
Sports injuries to the hand, wrist, and elbow may result from accidents, improper training, lack of conditioning, or insufficient stretching and warm up. Not wearing protective gear, or using gear that is in bad shape can also lead to problems. Pain that should not be ignored includes:
- Severe pain that is accompanied by swelling or numbness
- Pain that won't allow you to put weight on the affected area
- Aches or progressive pain that includes swelling and joint instability
If you have hand, wrist, or elbow pain, don't try to ignore it and keep going or you may make the injury worse. Have your hand, wrist, or elbow injury diagnosed and treated as soon as possible. Come in and see us!
Hand, Wrist, & Elbow Sports Injuries
Some sports injuries of the hand, wrist, and elbow are acute, including sprains, fractures, tears. Others are considered chronic, such as tendinitis or overuse injuries. The fingers, hand, and wrist may be susceptible to football injuries resulting from catching. The elbow tends to be prone to injury in sports involving swinging or throwing. Some common injuries include:
- Tendonitis - ECU tendon becomes unstable and painful following an injury
- Compartment Syndrome - common in athletes who participate in sports that involve repetitive impact exercise
- Medial Epicondylitis - (Golfer's Elbow) pain or inflammation of the muscle on the inside of the elbow causing pain that extends into the forearm.
- Lateral Epicondylitis - (Tennis Elbow) inflammation or degeneration of the tendons on the outside of the forearm
A physical examination and a variety of diagnostic tests will allow us to quickly diagnose and treat your injury.
Treatment of Hand, Wrist, & Elbow Sports Injuries
A common first approach to many hand, wrist, or elbow injuries may be RICE:
- Rest -take a break from regular activities or exercise schedule as necessary
- Ice - apply ice for 20 minutes four to eight times per day to control swelling
- Compression - compress injury with elastic wraps, splints, of an air cast
- Elevation - keep injured area elevated to decrease swelling
When pain and problems persist, we have many treatment approaches including medication, therapy, and surgery. Our skilled and experienced doctors will guide you in selecting the right course of treatment for your hand, wrist, or elbow injury.
Contact us or call our appointment line at 513-793-3933, and we will reserve the time and location that works best for you — we can usually schedule your appointment within 48 hours.