An injured hand or wrist can have a negative impact on your daily activities and make it difficult to perform activities of daily living or participate in sports. Given their wide range of motion and frequency of use, our hands are extremely vulnerable to injury. Left untreated, wrist and hand injuries could pose further complications and may require surgical interventions.

Those who play sports including volleyball, baseball, basketball and golf can end up hurting their hands during the game. In this situation, it is advisable to address the injury in a timely manner. Below are some of the most common sports injuries of the wrist and hand.

Finger Jam / Dislocation: This is a common injury in basketball and occurs when the ball strikes the tip of the finger and pushes the bone backward. Most times, an audible “pop” can be heard. Depending upon how much force is applied to the finger the injury may be a simple sprain or it may be a serious tendon injury or fracture to the joint. These common significant injuries can lead to a “Mallet” deformity of the finger if not treated promptly. Despite your instinct, you should not try to pull the joint back into place as it may cause damage to the surrounding joints in the finger. If your finger looks deformed or you have significant pain you should seek medical attention.

Wrist Fracture: This injury occurs when the wrist is placed in a bent position and force is applies to the wrist. For instance, a skateboarder stopping himself from a fall or landing on an outstretched hand. If you suspect the wrist has been fractured, it is important to seek medical attention as fractures can become more complex if left untreated. Symptoms can include:

  • Severe pain when gripping or squeezing
  • Bruising and Tenderness
  • Inability to move the fingers
  • Numbness in the hand

Skiers Thumb: Despite the name, this injury is common in other sports outside of skiing and occurs when the ligaments of the thumb are damaged. Similar to wrist fractures, this injury most often occurs as a result of a fall onto the outstretched hand where the thumb side of the palm absorbs most of the force and the thumb is extended past its intended range of motion. This can occur when falling onto you hand as your gripping a ski pole, or when gripping a lacrosse stick. When this occurs, the ligaments of the thumb can become stretched or torn. The most readily identifiable symptoms of Skiers Thumb will be pain and swelling around the base of the thumb and loss of grip strength.


At Total Ortho Express in Massapequa, we offer walk in orthopedic care with no appointment needed.  We offer extended evening and weekend hours so you can visit us before or after work, the gym or game.  Our team of orthopedic specialists are experts in the diagnosis and treatment of sports and orthopedic injuries and utilize on-site imaging to treat you quickly and effectively.  If advanced care is needed, our team can schedule an appointment with one of our Orthopedic Surgeons – right on site.  So next time, save yourself the time and hassle of the ER or General Urgent Care and come to Total Ortho Express in Massapequa.