Elbow, wrist, and hand injuries are common and can occur due to various reasons, including sports-related activities, accidents, falls, overuse, or repetitive motions. These injuries can range from mild strains and sprains to more severe fractures or dislocations. Here are some common elbow, wrist, and hand injuries:
- Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis) - This condition involves the inflammation or degeneration of the tendons on the outside of the elbow. It typically occurs due to repetitive wrist and arm motions, such as those involved in playing tennis or other racquet sports.
- Golfer's Elbow (Medial Epicondylitis) - Similar to tennis elbow, golfer's elbow is the inflammation or degeneration of the tendons on the inside of the elbow. It is usually caused by repetitive wrist and forearm movements, often associated with golfing or other activities like throwing or swinging a racket.
- Elbow Sprain or Strain - A sprain occurs when the ligaments surrounding the elbow joint are stretched or torn, while a strain refers to an injury to the muscles or tendons. These injuries can result from a sudden impact, overextension, or repetitive stress.
- Elbow Fractures - Fractures can occur in any of the three bones that make up the elbow joint (humerus, radius, and ulna). These injuries commonly happen due to falls, direct impact, or accidents during sports activities.
- Wrist Sprains and Fractures - Wrist sprains involve damage to the ligaments in the wrist joint, usually from a sudden twist or impact. Fractures can affect any of the many small bones in the wrist and are often the result of falls or direct trauma.
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome - This condition involves the compression of the median nerve as it passes through a narrow passage in the wrist called the carpal tunnel. It can cause pain, numbness, and tingling in the hand and fingers, often due to repetitive hand movements or activities that involve prolonged wrist flexion.
- Hand Fractures and Dislocations - The hand is composed of multiple small bones, and fractures or dislocations can occur in any of them. These injuries can result from direct trauma, crushing forces, or excessive stress placed on the hand.
Treatment for elbow, wrist, and hand injuries depends on the severity and specific injury involved. It may include rest, immobilisation with splints or casts, physical therapy, pain management, and, in severe cases, surgery. Dr Rajesh Malhotra helps his patients to get rid of their elbow, wrist, or hand injuries without having any serious side effects or complications.