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Sports-Related Hand Injuries in Miami, FL

The Advanced Neuro and Spine Institute specializes in the diagnosis, treatment, and management of orthopedic conditions and diseases such as sports-related hand injuries. Our team of experts delivers the latest advances in personalized, comprehensive care to patients in our conveniently located clinics in Aventura, Kendall, Hialeah, and Fort Lauderdale.

What is a Sports-Related Hand Injury?

There are many injuries that may affect an athlete’s hands or wrists. They are classified into two categories:

  • Traumatic (caused by injury or trauma)
  • Degenerative (caused by overuse and repetitive stress)

Traumatic injuries are more likely to occur in athletes, who play contact sports such as football, hockey, or wrestling, whereas degenerative injuries occur in athletes, who participate in sports that require repetitive movement, such as baseball, tennis, skiing, and golf.

Common traumatic sports-related hand injuries include joint dislocations, sprains, muscle strains, broken bones, tendon inflammation, ligament tears, and fractures in the fingers.

Degenerative injuries are stress-related and include inflammation and dislocation of tendons, injury to nerves, and stress fractures caused by overuse.

Traumatic injuries are more likely to cause long-term disability; however, if left untreated, an athlete’s performance may be significantly diminished by overuse injuries. Surgical treatment may be required, if either type of injury persists.

What are the Causes and Symptoms of Sports-Related Hand Injuries?

Sports-related hand injuries are caused either by trauma, including a blow or collision, or by overuse and repetitive stress.

Common symptoms of sports-related hand injuries vary according to the specific injury; however, they may include pain, swelling, numbness, discoloration of the area, abnormal twisting or bending of a finger or hand, a clicking or grating noise while moving the fingers or wrists, or bleeding that persists for more than 15 minutes.

How is a Sports-Related Hand Injury Treated?

Many common sports-related hand injuries may be treated non-surgically, although some may require surgery to restore strength and function. If the thumb ligament is totally torn, surgery may be prescribed. In some cases, a torn ligament also pulls a bone fragment away from the base of the bone, which may need to be surgically removed or restored to its correct position. Following surgery, patients typically wear a short arm cast, or splint, to protect the thumb ligament following surgery.

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