Wrist Pain & Hand Injuries

Wrist pain and hand injuries

Wrist pain which occurs suddenly (known as acute wrist injuries) and is usually caused by a fall onto the hand with an outstretched arm or a forced twisting movement. Common acute injuries include wrist sprains, wrist & hand fractures and injuries to the fingers. Gradual onset injuries or chronic wrist pain occurs over a period of time and often cannot be traced back to a single incident or cause. Here we explain how to recognise and treat wrist and hand injuries. If a broken bone is suspected, then always seek medical advice immediately.

Sudden onset injuries are called acute injuries and are usually caused by a fall onto the hand with an outstretched arm or a forced twisting movement. Damage can occur to the bones, ligaments (connect bone to bone) or tendons (connect muscle to bone) in the wrist. In the first 72 hours, the first aid principles of P.R.I.C.E. are advised including protection, rest, ice, compression, and elevation. If a broken bone (fracture) is suspected, then always seek medical advice immediately.

Gradual onset injuries or chronic injuries occur over a period of time and often cannot be traced back to a single incident or cause. The most common structure injured are the tendons of the wrist through overuse or repetitive strain.

Injuries to the hand and fingers are common in sports and must be taken seriously. Injuries in this area can be very debilitating and if treated incorrectly they can have long-term consequences in terms of hand and finger function.