Sports Injuries – Carrollton, TX
Dr. Neagle is a renowned hand surgeon serving the residents of Carrollton, TX. He has extensive experience in treating a wide range of sports injuries and helping athletes recover as soon as possible.

Sports Injuries

Hand and wrist, being complex structures, are always susceptible to injuries while playing sports. These injuries are often categorized into overuse injuries or traumatic injuries. An overuse injury occurs if the person is involved in particular sports activity that requires him to use his hands and wrists repeatedly. Traumatic injuries are more common in contact sports such as hockey, football etc. Here are some of the common hand and wrist injuries suffered by sports persons:

Sprains

Sprains usually occur due to falling on an outstretched hand, which leads to tearing of ligaments. A sprain may range from mild to severe and lead to symptoms such as pain, swelling, redness and bruises around the site of injury. The injury also restricts the range of motion of the affected joints. Treatment for a sprain includes taking a prescribed course of medication and using casts or braces. In severe cases, surgery may be required to repair the damaged ligaments.

Fracture

Often, due to trauma or a motor vehicle accident, the bones in the wrist and hand can get fractured. It can also be cause due to falling on an outstretched hand. Fracture can be minor to severe and may lead to severe pain, restricted motion and even loss of functionality of the hand or wrist. Treatment of fracture may include RICE therapy, anti-inflammatory medications, cast or brace and, in rare cases, surgery.

Thumb Sprains

Thumb sprain usually occurs when the ligament at the base of the thumb, ulnar collateral ligament, gets torn. It can be caused due to falling on an extended hand. Symptoms of thumb sprain include swelling, bruising, instability and loss of pinching as well as grasping ability. Treatment options include ice/heat therapy, anti-inflammatory medications and physical therapy. The orthopedic surgeon may also recommend wearing cast or braces to reduce instability. In critical conditions, the ligament may need to be repaired surgically

Dislocated PIP joint

Proximal Interphalangeal (PIP) joint, which lies above the knuckles, can get dislocated while playing sports, direct trauma or injury, falling, twisting of hand etc. The condition causes the affected finger to hyperextend or stick in a flexion position. It can lead to pain, swelling and a visible deformity in the joint. Ice packs and anti-inflammatory medications are effective treatment options for a dislocated PIP joint.

DeQuervain’s Syndrome

It is a common racquet sports injury caused due to excessive use of the wrist. The repeated rotational movement of the wrist leads to irritation in the lining that surrounds the tendons in the joint. Symptoms of the condition include pain in the thumb that may extend to the hand. To provide relief from pain and swelling, the orthopedic surgeon may recommend medicines and ice therapy. The patient may need to wear a splint for 5-6 weeks. In severe cases, surgery may be required to treat the condition.

For treatment of sports injuries affecting the hand/wrist, consult Dr. Neagle. To schedule an appointment with the hand surgeon in Carrollton, TX, you can call at (972) 492 – 1334.