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Injuries to the Wrist, Hand, and Fingers

  • Praveen G. Murthy
  • Donald S. Bae
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Part of the Contemporary Pediatric and Adolescent Sports Medicine book series (PASM)

Abstract

Wrist and hand injuries in the adolescent athlete present many challenges for treating physicians, therapists, trainers, and coaches. The spectrum of injuries, varying degrees of acuity and chronicity, and involvement of multiple anatomic systems (e.g., bone, ligament, tendon, and nerve) add to their complexity. Furthermore, injuries to the adolescent athlete must be managed in the context of continued musculoskeletal growth and development. The use of protective and/or assistive devices (e.g., tape, braces, splints, and casts), timing of return to play, and post-injury performance expectations must be carefully weighed in the treatment of these injuries. Finally, the psychosocial and financial consequences of these injuries cannot be ignored.

The purpose of this chapter is to review the epidemiology, prevention, and treatment of common wrist and hand injuries in the young athlete. As a comprehensive review of all injuries is beyond the scope of this chapter, emphasis will be placed on acute traumatic injuries, and particular attention will be made to those injuries requiring specialized nonoperative and/or surgical care.

Keywords

Musculoskeletal growth and development Protective devices Assistive devices Return to play Psychosocial consequences Financial consequences Acute traumatic injuries Nonoperative care 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Orthopaedic SurgeryMassachusetts General HospitalBostonUSA
  2. 2.Department of Orthopaedic SurgeryBoston Children’s HospitalBostonUSA

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