The most common hand and wrist problems and how to treat them

Given how much many of us rely on our hands and wrists, it can obviously be frustrating and inconvenient if they develop problems. Certain such issues are more common than others and can often be caused by injury.

You don’t necessarily need a particularly athletic lifestyle to suffer an injury to a hand or wrist. Here are some example problems and how they can be treated to prevent becoming long-term issues.

Thumb sprains

While you could save yourself from overly serious injury by using your palm to break an inadvertent fall, that spared injury wouldn’t necessarily include a thumb sprain. This is where the ulnar collateral ligament can be sprained and so hamper your thumb’s ability to keep a grip on an item that you might want to hold between the thumb and index finger.

A thumb sprain could even compromise your entire hand’s grasping ability, as the ulnar collateral ligament assists your thumb with proper function, says Industry Safety & Hygiene News.

Wrist sprains

Should you run only to then trip and head towards the floor, it can be a reflex action to extend your hands out forwards to prevent yourself hitting the floor in a way that could cause serious injury.

However, doing that might not spare you the ignominy of a wrist sprain. A wrist sprain can happen when you land on the palm and, in the process, bend the wrist backwards – possibly resulting in a stretch or tear to the ligaments that connect your wrist’s bones.

Bone injuries

A broken bone is an especially well-known injury, though it would be more technically and scientifically appropriate to call it a bone fracture. This results when the bone cracks or breaks; due to this, the bone could also be dislocated. This refers to when the bone is shifted from its proper position and ceases to line up at the joint correctly.

If you have experienced a bone dislocation, you will be able to vouch for how painful it is and how it can compromise your ability to move.

Hand fractures

Your hands’ bones just before the knuckles are called the metacarpals, while those bones between your fingers’ joints are known as the phalanges. Bones of both types can commonly suffer fractures.

For example, metacarpals can pick up what is dubbed a boxer’s fracture. It is typically incurred from using a closed fist to strike an object – at which point, the metacarpal joint at the littlest finger’s base is depressed and surrounding tissue becomes tender and swollen.

Carpal tunnel syndrome

This results from pressure on the wrist’s median nerve. Symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome include tingling and numbness, as noted by WebMD; however, it is possible for the condition to be treated at orthopaedic clinics in London.

In fact, carpal tunnel syndrome and the other issues detailed in this article can all be treated at Highgate Private Hospital in north London. The hospital runs a Hand & Wrist Unit capable of both diagnosing and treating an array of hand and wrist injuries.