Because our hands are used every day in a wide range of settings and circumstances, they can be prone to injury. Trauma from over extension, jamming, hitting, or crushing can occur when playing sports, doing hobbies, working, or just going about daily activities. Some injuries heal on their own, but some need the attention of a hand doctor who can determine if something needs to be done to ensure the best chance for an optimal outcome. Injuries to ligaments in the hand are often the type of trauma that should be assessed by a hand specialist.
The first clue that you may have a hand ligament injury is having a traumatic event occur where the hand is forced into an unnatural position, or if it sustains some sort of blunt force, like during a fall. When this happens, the strong tissue that connects the bones can be injured. This can cause pain, swelling and bruising around the injury, and the area might feel weak or ‘loose’. Immediately after the injury, the “RICE” protocol should be followed, which includes Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation, then schedule an appointment with a hand doctor who can evaluate if further treatment is needed.
A hand specialist will examine the hand and ask for an explanation of how the injury occurred in order to understand the type of trauma that caused the injury. This will give them an idea of the structures that may be damaged. The hand specialist may also order diagnostic tests, such as an x-ray, MRI ultrasound or CT scan, to confirm the type of injury sustained.
Ligament injuries are often treated by immobilizing the injured area with a splint or cast and by treating the inflammation with anti-inflammatory medications. Sometimes, however, for an extensive injury, a hand specialist may recommend surgical repair. Severe injury can lead to permanent deformation or reduction of mobility, so it’s important to consult a hand doctor if you suspect a ligament injury in the wrist, fingers or hand.
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Injuries to the ligaments in the fingers or hand are often the type of trauma that should be assessed by a hand specialist.
Once your hand doctor has gained a thorough understanding of your particular case, he will lay out a Treatment Plan for your hand condition.