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Thumb & Wrist Injuries

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The wrist and hand complex is both stable and flexible, which allows for powerful lifting and gripping motions, as well as intricate movements. It consists of several articulating joints including the radial-ulna and raidial-carpal joints of the wrist and then there are several joints in the hand consisting of the carpals, metacarpals and phalanges. The most common injuries of the wrist and hand complex are fractures, sprains and carpal tunnel syndrome. A lot of the injuries are due to repetitive overloading activities, without adequate strength. These sort of injuries are often minor and can be managed using the principles of POLICE under the guidance of a physiotherapist. Occasionally more severe trauma can occur in the form of fractures or complete tendon ruptures. If you experience a trauma and then have a visible deformity and or limited joint range of motion please seek an urgent medical review.

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Thumb & Wrist Injuries Table

This table shows some the key symptoms of the most common wrist and hand injuries. We strongly advise that you see healthcare professional rather than attempt to self-diagnose.

The information pages about each condition, should help to explain the injury that you have and signpost you to how it can be appropriately managed. Remember that wear and tear (degeneration) in your wrist and hand is a normal part of ageing. Often people with large amounts of wear and tear on scans have no symptoms and are fully functioning. Avoiding moving your wrist and hand and avoiding general physical activity will not help. It is however advisable to manage your condition using the POLICE principle under the guidance of a physiotherapist. Pain free clicking is nothing to worry about, as it is either tight tendons and ligaments flicking over the joints, or the release of nitrogen gas bubbles from your joints (cavitation). If there is high levels of pain with the clicking, instability or deformity of the wrist hand/ fingers then seek a medical assessment.

This information is not intended to replace the advice of a trained medical doctor or physiotherapist. PhysioRoom disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information, which is provided to you on a general information basis only and not as a substitute for personalised medical advice.
Condition Common Signs & Symptoms
Pain Swelling Stiffness Weakness Instability
Bennett's Fracture
Broken Wrist
Broken Wrist
Broken Wrist    
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome      
Mallet Finger
Sprained Thumb
Wrist Arthritis
Bennett's Fracture
Pain Swelling Stiffness Weakness Instability
Broken Wrist (Capitate Fracture)
Pain Swelling Stiffness Weakness Instability
Broken Wrist (Colles Fracture)
Pain Swelling Stiffness Weakness Instability
Broken Wrist (Scaphoid Fracture)
Pain Swelling Stiffness Weakness Instability
   
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Pain Swelling Stiffness Weakness Instability
     
Mallet Finger
Pain Swelling Stiffness Weakness Instability
Sprained Thumb
Pain Swelling Stiffness Weakness Instability
Wrist Arthritis

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