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How to Prevent the 3 Most Common Wrist Injuries


With so many small bones in your hand and wrist, there are many ways to get an injury. The bones in your hands and wrists are connected through tendons, muscles, and ligaments work together to allow you to do just about everything!

Our hands are one of the most used body parts we have, and even the simplest of tasks would be extremely difficult without them. It's essential to prevent injuries as much as possible. Here are three of the most common wrist injuries and the best ways to prevent them from interfering with your daily activities: 

1. Sprained Wrist 

A sprained wrist involves the overstretching of a ligament, often caused during a fall when the wrist is bent backward as it hits the ground. The most common injured ligament is the scapholunate located near the center of the wrist.

2. Strained Wrist

  A strained wrist is frequently referred to as any minor pain felt within the wrist that is usually caused by a small muscle or tendon tear. Wrist strain can occur after a sudden hit, sharp movement, over twisting, and/or overstretching. font-size.

3. Scaphoid Fracture

 The scaphoid bone is the most common location for a fracture in the wrist. A scaphoid fracture is often caused by accidental falls during high-energy activities or falling on an outstretched hand.

There are two types of wrist fractures. First, displaced, meaning the bones have moved from their original position, and second, non-displaced, where the bones have not moved.

Healing Hands and Wrapping Wrist Pain 

Injuries to the wrist can result in long-term pain, stiffness, and swelling, so taking care of your wrists is essential.

There are a variety of things you can do to prevent acute wrist injuries:

McLean County Orthopedics specializes in orthopedic care, and specifically, hand and wrist treatment options. With both noninvasive treatment options and physical therapy, MCO is here for you if you've suffered a wrist or other orthopedic injury. We provide treatment options that are sure to fit your specific needs and get you back to normal.

Ready to begin your treatment plan? Call us today at 309-663-6461 or contact us online to book an appointment today.

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