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Hand and Wrist Injuries


Injuries to the hand or wrist are the most common among sports, exercise and recreational activities. They range from serious trauma, like a fracture, to an overuse condition, like carpal tunnel syndrome.

In most cases, hand or wrist problems don’t require immediate medical attention. In fact, many injuries can be treated simply with rest, ice, splinting and over-the-counter pain medications. However, if you still have symptoms after two days or if your pain gets worse, you should see a doctor.

Common Hand and Wrist Injuries

  • Amputations
  • Arthritis
  • Bursitis
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Contusions and crushing traumas
  • DeQuervain’s disease
  • Dislocations
  • Fractures
  • Lacerations
  • Overuse injuries
  • Skier’s thumb
  • Sprains and strains of the tendons, ligaments and muscles
  • Tendonitis
  • Trigger finger

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After a saw cut his hand in half during a home remodeling accident, competitive wakeboarder, Michael Stellabotte, was not sure he was going to be able to use his hand again. Thanks to Dr. Kenneth Means and The Curtis National Hand Center at MedStar Union Memorial Hospital, Michael is able to use his hand to compete again.

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