Friday, April 13, 2012

Watch those hands this summer


A quarter of all fractures are in the hand or wrist. Our hands are full of ligaments, tendons, bones tissues and other things that break.

This according to Stewart Elkowitz, Sommers Orthopedic Surgery and Sports Medicine group in Carmel, NY.

You can build up your hands by squeezing a rubber ball or by doing wrist curls holding a soup can.

First, there are overuse injuries and also traumatic injuries. The latter come from falls, awkward catches.

The overuse comes over time – baseball pitching, tennis, golf.

You can move a finger and it call still be broken…Only an x-ray will tell for sure.

Baseball finger means a ball has hit the tip of the finger and forced it downward. You can also jam your finger into a base sliding in.

Tennis elbow (had that one) is when the tendon in the forearm fails and begins to tear away from the bone. Yow! Be sure you have the right size grip on your racket.

Another tendon deal—extensor carpi ulnaris tendonitis—is when the tendon that runs along the back of the wrist on the pinkie side becomes inflamed. This usually is caused by basketball throws or racket sports.

If something keeps hurting, check it out.

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