Common Wrist and Hand Injuries

Source: Wellness Coaches USA

Though many work place injuries may commonly involve larger areas of the body- such as the back- wrist and hand injuries should not be overlooked.

 Here are a few common wrist and hand injuries to be aware of.

  1. Arthritis- This occurs when the cartilage of the hand and wrist is damaged to becomes worn. The body will compensate the cartilage loss by making more fluid in and around the joint. Individuals suffering from wrist and hand arthritis experience stiffness and sometimes swelling and pain.
  2. Cysts of the wrist and hand- Ganglion cysts from the capsule of a joint or sheath of a tendon.   They can be found at different places on the wrist. A ganglion cyst that grows on the top of the wrist is called a dorsal ganglion. Others are found on the underside of the wrist between the thumb and your pulse point, at the end joint of a finger, or at the base of the finger. Most of the time these are harmless and will often disappear. Also, cysts may form anywhere on the fingers as well as any of the joints of the hand or wrist. Cysts will likely disappear over time. Otherwise the fluid may need to be drained.
  3. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome- Carpal tunnel syndrome is a common source of hand numbness and pain. Although it is often associated with repetitive hand movements such as typing, carpal tunnel syndrome can be caused by many things.

The following contribute to the development of carpal tunnel syndrome:

–         Heredity- can play a factor, also women are more likely to develop  carpal tunnel

–         Work Environment- overuse of the hands can play a role, but can be minimized with proper ergonomics

–         Pregnancy- hormonal changes can play a role

–         Age- as we age the risk of developing the disease increases

–         Medical conditions- such as diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis and thyroid gland imbalance can increase one’s risk

The Seltzer Group with locations in Schuylkill Haven, Orwigsburg, and Pottsville, Pennsylvania, serves businesses and individuals locally, regionally, and on the national level.  The Seltzer Group is a proud member of the Keystone Insurers Group.

Common Wrist and Hand Injuries was last modified: August 26th, 2014 by Sarah McGorry