A fall onto an outstretched hand is a common event in any age group—so common it has its own acronym, FOOSH. The cause of the fall can run the gamut: a sports injury, slip on ice, trip on an uneven surface, or simple loss of balance. Common among athletes—runners, skiers, skateboarders, pole vaulters—the injury can also occur in car accidents and whenever you try to break a fall by reaching out with your hand.
Healing after an injury can be a long and painful process. And while there are many restorative practices you can do to speed along the process including physical therapy, massage, and other natural healing modalities, there’s also something quite simple you can do yourself at home to treat your pain. It’s head and cold therapy.
Undergoing surgery is always a little unsettling, but hand and wrist procedures are very common and allow many people to regain full range of motion once again. These procedures are sometimes necessary if you’re dealing with a severe injury that cannot be treated through non-surgical methods.
You can fracture any bone in your body, but some bones are easier to break compared to others. Fractures typically result from a fall, a collision, or other trauma caused by physical activity or a motor vehicle accident. Learn more about the bones in the human body that are most commonly fractured and what you can do to treat them if they break.
If you’re dealing with wrist pain or a wrist injury, an arthroscopy may be the right choice for you. This minimally invasive procedure will allow your surgeon to identify, diagnose, and treat your condition.
Carpal tunnel syndrome is a debilitating condition that causes numbness and pain in the hand. These symptoms can make daily tasks difficult for those suffering with them.
Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic, autoimmune disease that attacks joints throughout the body and starts with the smallest joints like those in the hands and wrists. This painful disorder causes swelling, pain, limited motion, and weakness. Rheumatoid arthritis is also symmetrical, so both wrists will be affected by the disease.
Many people have desk jobs that require them to work on a computer all day long, for forty hours each week. This much repetition and overuse can cause wrist issues. Even those who use a computer recreationally and spend several hours per day typing on the keyboard can be at risk for a wrist injury.