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Specialists in Sports Medicine at Heekin Orthopedics Address Common Hand and Wrist Sports Injuries

Among athletes, hand and wrist injuries represent the most common type of injury. Here, the sports medicine specialists from Heekin Orthopedics share their expertise regarding what causes these injuries and how they are best treated.

    JACKSONVILLE, FL, April 29, 2014 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Hand and wrist injuries can encompass anything from tendonitis resulting from repetitive actions to fractures caused by acute trauma.

In terms of acute injuries, these are most commonly observed in athletes involved in contact sports, such as football or hockey, or in sports where certain movements are exaggerated, such as in tennis. Of course, they can also occur during other types of activities like by falling and landing on your hands while running. Acute injuries include strains, dislocations, tears, inflammation and fractures with the single most common site of fractures in athletes being the fingers.

On the other hand, chronic injuries commonly result from repetitive motions and overuse of the hand or wrist. These include dislocation and inflammation of the tendons and nerve injuries. While some of these injuries will self heal over time with rest and icing of the injured site, others require immediate medical attention.

Treatment Options for Sports-related Hand and Wrist Injuries
The type of treatment required is dependent on a number of factors, including the severity, location and duration of the injury. For teared ligaments, such as in the case of ulnar collateral ligament injuries, also known as "skier's thumb", surgery is often needed. For other types of injuries, especially chronic ones, physiotherapy may be an option, whereas for less severe strains or minor fractures, splints or braces may suffice. If you experience severe pain, swelling, coldness or numbness, seek medical help immediately.

"While the best treatment option is always prevention, such as warming up properly before exercising or wearing wrist guards, the sports injury doctors at Heekin Orthopedics are specialists in sports medicine and rehabilitation and have experience is treating all different kinds of hand and wrist injuries," says Kevin P. Murphy, MD. "Whether it's a simple strain or a severe tear, our sports medicine physicians can help."

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About Heekin Orthopedics:

Established in 2001 by Dr. R. David Heekin in historic Riverside, Heekin Orthopedic Specialists has grown to include 10 knowledgeable orthopedic surgeons, a pain management specialist and a physiatrist. They have five state-of the-art Jacksonville locations, three of which have on-site Physical Therapy departments.

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