From baseball to football to boxing, wrist injuries are common for all sorts of athletes. In fact, about 25 percent of all sports injuries involve the hand or wrist. At Henry Ford, we use the most advanced and proven techniques to treat hundreds of wrist injuries every year, from sudden (acute) injuries like fractures and dislocations to ligament injuries resulting from overuse. Regardless of the cause, our sports medicine physicians are eager to be part of your recovery team.
Common wrist injuries
Wrist bone (scaphoid) fracture
When to see a doctor
Minor wrist injuries can often be treated at home with the R.I.C.E. method (rest, ice, compression and elevation) or over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medicine. If you’ve sustained a traumatic wrist injury like a fracture or tear, or if pain in your wrist has worsened over the course of a few days, make an appointment with one of our sports medicine physicians.
Other reasons to see a doctor include:
- Decreased range of motion
- Difficulty gripping objects
How we treat wrist injuries
When you visit Henry Ford for your wrist injury, one of our sports medicine physicians will conduct a physical exam to evaluate the source and severity of your pain. If necessary, we’ll issue an X-Ray, MRI, or CT scan to diagnose the injury properly. Once a diagnosis has been made, we’ll develop a custom treatment plan that may involve rest, physical therapy, or—as a last resort—surgery.