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Adapted in part from the Hospital for Special Surgery PlayBook
Sports related injuries can be the result of a single trauma or due to repetitive overuse. Certain sports such as boxing, basketball, and volleyball have greater risk of injury to the bones, ligaments and muscles of the hand and wrist.
One common injury is a boxer’s fracture, which is a fracture of one of the metacarpal bones: it happens when your punch lands wrong.
Basketball and volleyball players frequently get ‘jammed’ fingers. This happens with a forceful encounter with the ball. There may be visible misalignment of the finger. A jammed finger can be anything from an innocent sprain to a bad fracture-dislocation requiring urgent surgery.
Looks can be deceiving and these injuries should never be underestimated.It is easy but costly to dismiss a serious injury. If pain and swelling do not go away in reasonable time, you should seek medical attention including proper x-rays.
Appropriately sized, and well applied hand wraps and/or gloves protect the hands from such injuries, and proper training is essential to prevent such injuries. Some of these injuries come with an easy fix while others require surgery and dedicated hand therapy.
While still recovering, you may still work on staying in shape and game ready by running, working on lower body and strengthening your core.Your treating physician, together with your therapist, will set the schedule and time frame towards full use and will let you know when it is safe to start exercising your injured hand.If you do too much too soon and push through pain, you may be delaying your recovery or reversing the outcome of your treatment.
Give it a Strong Handshake: Resistance Training Helps Hand Osteoarthritis
Adapted from the American College of Rheumatology
Resistance strength training reduces pain and increases function in patients with hand osteoarthritis, according to new research findings presented this week at the American College of Rheumatology Annual Meeting in San Francisco.
Several studies have shown the effectiveness of exercise therapy on osteoarthritis of the hips and knees. Researchers in Brazil shared the results of their study on the effectiveness of progressive resistance strength training on pain, function and strength in people with hand OA.
The researchers followed 60 participants — who had doctor-diagnosed hand OA for at least one year and who were experiencing pain in the joints of their fingers — for 12 weeks. One group followed a resistance exercise program for targeted at the small muscles in the hand and fingers the remainder of the study, and the second group did not.
The evaluators found that patients in the exercise group show better function, and less pain compared to group that did not follow the exercise program.
Dr Sraj’s Commentary: This article brings good news for patients of osteoarhritis of the hand. It does not, however, clarify which fingers or joints were involved and whether the two groups were comparable in this regards. Thumb arthritis and pinky arthritis have very different impact on hand function and pain, and this information is critical to determine the validity of the results.
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