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Wrist & Hand Injuries

Use the filters on the left to narrow down the potential options. Below we outline a number or wrist injuries, hand, finger and thumb injuries.

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Bartons Fracture

Symptoms of a Bartons fracture include sudden pain at the time of the injury. There will be pain and difficulty trying to move the wrist which may appear deformed.

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Bennett Fracture

A Bennett fracture is a fracture and often dislocation of the 1st Carpometacarpal joint at the base of the thumb where the metacarpal of the hand meet the carpal bones at the wrist.

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Black Fingernail

A black fingernail is known as a subungual hematoma and is caused by a build-up of blood under a fingernail usually resulting from an impact or trauma to the finger.

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Boutonniere Deformity

A boutonniere deformity or button hole deformity is an injury to a tendon in one of the fingers, resulting in a deformed shape. This usually occurs after an impact to a bent finger.

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Bowler's Thumb

Bowler's Thumb is an overuse injury resulting from compression or repeated friction on the inside of the thumb which causes pressure on the Ulnar nerve.

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Boxers Fracture

Boxers fractures are usually caused by punching something hard such as a wall or falling onto a fist.

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Broken Finger

A broken finger is a break or fracture in any one of the 3 small phalange bones which make up each finger.

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Broken Thumb

A broken thumb is a fracture of either of the two small bones called phalanges which make up the thumb. A broken thumb is not as common as a broken finger.

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Broken Wrist

A broken wrist is a fracture or break in the wrist end of either the radius and ulna forearm bones or any of the small carpal bones in the wrist.

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Bruised Hand

A bruised hand, also known as a hand contusion occurs due to a direct trauma of the hand, resulting in bleeding and subsequent bruising. Impacts and crush injuries are the most common causes.

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Bruised Wrist

A bruised wrist is also known as a wrist contusion. This occurs after an impact to the wrist which causes bleeding under the skin.

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Carpal Fracture

Symptoms of a fractured carpal bone in the wrist generally include sudden pain with rapid swelling and bruising which develops over a period of time.

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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Symptoms usually increase gradually over time and may initially only be present at night. It can occur in one or both wrists at the same time.

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Cellulitis Infection - Finger Felon

Symptoms of a Felon or finger tip infection include a throbbing pain at the end of the finger. Felon's most common occur in the thumb or index finger.

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Colles Fracture of the Wrist

Symptoms include instant pain in the wrist. The wrist may look deformed, known as a dinner fork deformity.

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De Quervain's Tenosynovitis

Symptoms include pain and tenderness on the thumb side of the wrist where the tendons pass through a narrow tunnel and attach to the base of the thumb.

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Dislocated Finger

A dislocated finger occurs when two of the finger bones, forming a joints become displaced injuring the ligaments and other soft tissue in the process.

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Dislocated Wrist

A dislocated wrist is a dislocation of any of the eight small bones called carpal bones which make up the wrist. A wrist dislocation will occur as a result of a traumatic event or fall onto the wrist.

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Distal Radial Epiphysis Injury

A distal radial epiphysis injury is an injury to the growth plate at the wrist end of the radius bone in the forearm.

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Distal Radioulnar Joint Subluxation

The distal radio-ulna joint is the joint at the wrist, between the two forearm bones the radius and the ulna.

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Distal Radius Fracture

The distal radio-ulna joint is the joint at the wrist, between the two forearm bones the radius and the ulna. This injury is usually a subluxation or partial dislocation although fractures of either bone can be involved.

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Dupuytren's Contracture

Dupuytren's contracture is a condition which affects the hand and fingers, causing the fingers to bend in towards the palm of the hand.

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Fracture of the Hook of Hamate

The wrist contains a number of small bones called carpals. The hamate is a carpal bone on the outside (little finger side) of the wrist.

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Ganglion cyst

A ganglion cyst or wrist ganglion is a small lump which appears in the wrist, often attached to a ligament. Some are not painful but others may require treatment.

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Handlebar Palsy

Symptoms include numbness, tingling and weakness over the outside of the hand, little finger and outer half of the ring finger.

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Inflammation of the Muscles and Tendons

As a result of overuse the muscles and tendons in the forearm can become inflamed. The injury is particularly common in rowers and canoeists but can also affect racket sport players.

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Jersey Finger

Jersey finger symptoms include pain in the finger tip and inability to bend the finger normally although it can still be forced into a bended position.

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Mallet Finger

Mallet finger is an injury which results in the inability extend or straighten the end joint of a finger without assistance.

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Metacarpal Fracture

The metacarpal bones are the five long bones in the hand. Any of these bones can be broken or fractured but the 1st metacarpal under the base of the thumb is the most commonly injured.

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Rolando Fracture

A Rolando Fracture is a fracture to the base of the 1st metacarpal where it joins the carpal bones between the thumb and the wrist. This is similar to the Bennett fracture, although a little more complex to treat.

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RSI - Repetitive Strain Injury

RSI or repetitive strain injury is a general term rather than a specific diagnosis used to describe gradual onset pain usually in the forearm, wrist and hand.

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Scaphoid Fracture

The scaphoid is one of the small group of bones in the wrist called the carpal bones. It is the most common carpal bone to fracture among athletes and is often caused by falling onto an outstretched hand.

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Smiths Fracture

A Smiths fracture is a break in the end of the radius bone, at the wrist. The fragment of fractured bone is displaced forwards to the palm side of the wrist.

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Sprained Finger

Finger sprain symptoms include pain in the finger at the time of injury. Swelling is likely to develop over the joint and there will be restricted movement in the finger.

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Sprained Thumb

A thumb sprain occurs when the thumb is bent out of it's normal range of movement, usually backwards. Damage occurs to the ligaments supporting the joint at the bottom of the thumb.

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Sprained Wrist

Symptoms of a wrist sprain vary depending on the extent of the injury and the location of the sprain.

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TFCC Tear

Symptoms of a TFCC tear include wrist pain on the little pinky finger side. There will be tenderness over the back of the wrist.

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Trigger Finger

Trigger Finger is a form of tenosynovitis which results in the finger becoming bent in towards the palm of the hand. This can also occur in the thumb.

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Trigger Thumb

Trigger Thumb is a form of tenosynovitis which occurs in the flexor tendon of the thumb. The thickening of the tendon causes it to get stuck and hold the thumb in a flexed position.

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Triquetrum Fracture

A Triquetral Fracture is a break of the Triquetral bone or sometimes called triquetrum and is one of the eight small carpal bones in the wrist.

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Volar Plate Injury

The volar plate is a very thick ligament which joins two bones in the finger. A volar plate injury occurs when the finger is bent back the wrong way too far spraining or tearing the ligament.

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Wrist Bursitis

A bursa is a small sack of fluid that lubricates where tendons move in joints. If the bursa is subjected to repeated trauma or friction then it can become inflamed and swollen causing pain in the wrist.

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Wrist Strain

A wrist strain is a general term used to describe pain in the wrist. This may be due to a sudden force causing an acute injury, or due to overuse, causing a repetitive strain injury.

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Wrist Supports and Braces

Injuries to the wrist occur most frequently in overuse scenarios, where the wrist has been placed under continual, repeated strain.

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Wrist Tendonitis

Wrist tendonitis or wrist tendinopathy is inflammation or more likely degeneration of any of the flexor or extensor tendons which cross the wrist joint.

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Fingers
Hand
Thumb
Wrist
Affects children
Fractures
Gradual onset
Numbness - tingling
Sudden onset