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Sports Injuries Specialists

The Hand Center

Hand & Orthopaedic Surgeons located in Glastonbury, CT, Hartford, CT, Tolland, CT & Bloomfield, CT

Sports injuries aren’t just painful, they can seriously disrupt your ability to play and enjoy the activities you love. At The Hand Center in Hartford, Glastonbury, Tolland, and Bloomfield, Connecticut, the medical specialists deliver exceptional sports medicine services, including treatment of all conditions affecting your hand, wrist, arm, and shoulder. For the most effective treatment of your sports injuries, call The Hand Center office nearest you today or schedule an appointment using the online booking form.

Sports Injuries Q & A

What are sports injuries?

Sports injuries are trauma you might suffer when playing sports, competing in athletic events, or training and exercising.

The team of specialists at The Hand Center diagnose and treat all sports injuries affecting the hand, wrist, elbow, and shoulder. Sports injuries are most often either strains and sprains or fractures and dislocations.

What are sprains and strains?

Strains affect muscles and tendons, while sprains affect ligaments. They involve the stretching of soft tissues beyond the point they can withstand. The tissues can keep stretching until they start tearing or rupture completely.

Common types of sprains and strains that happen during sport and exercise include:

  • Lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow)
  • Medial epicondylitis (golfer’s elbow)
  • Tendonitis
  • SLAP tear
  • Rotator cuff tear
  • Shoulder instability
  • Distal biceps rupture

Conditions like tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow, and tendonitis are often due to overuse or repetitive strain. If you’re repeating the same movement over and over for long periods, it can cause irritation, microtears, and inflammation of the tendon. The damage builds up slowly, causing a chronic injury.

What are fractures and dislocations?

Fractures are broken bones. Dislocations are joints that have separated.

Fractures of the hand, wrist, and arm are quite common sports injuries. They can happen if you fall and land on your arm or if you get hit or crushed when playing a contact sport.

Fractures of the small bones in your hand and wrist can sometimes be mistaken for a sprain or strain. Without the right treatment, these types of fractures can end up causing long-term problems like loss of grip or dexterity.

Dislocations can also happen when you fall or when your arm gets wrenched violently enough. A common type of dislocation is when you pull the top of your humerus (upper arm bone) out of the shoulder socket.

Damage to the surrounding tissue is quite likely when you dislocate a joint, so you might have a torn rotator cuff or labral tear as well.

How are sports injuries treated?

Your provider at The Hand Center creates a personalized treatment plan for you based on their expert diagnosis of your sports injury. Treatments for sports injuries might include:

  • Activity changes
  • Physical therapy
  • Splint or brace
  • Orthotics
  • Home exercises
  • Steroid injections

Fractures might need open (surgical) or closed (manipulated) reduction, which puts the ends of the bone back into their correct position. Fractures might need to have pins, screws, rods or plates to hold the bones in place. Some of these are taken out once the break heals, while others remain in place.

You could need surgery for some sports injuries when the tissues can’t heal themselves. Torn ligaments and tendons and damaged cartilage often don’t heal without surgery.

If you need help with a sports injury to your hand or arm, call The Hand Center today or book an appointment online.