Ligament Injuries of the Hand
Are You Experiencing Chronic Hand Pain or Have You Injured Your Hand?
Whether you’ve experienced an acute injury, have been living with debilitating chronic hand pain, or you have an old injury that’s getting worse, seeking professional treatment will be the key to begin your recovery. With over 40 years of combined experience, the surgeons at HandSport Surgery Institute understand that discomfort or issues of the hand can disrupt your daily activities, reduce your dexterity, or even worse, prevent you from working and exercising.
Some of the most common types of injuries of the hand are ligament injuries, which typically occur as a result of a fall, sports injury, trauma, or during an accident. The best way to determine the exact cause of your hand pain is to start with a full diagnosis from an orthopedic hand specialist at HandSport Surgery Institute.
Patients will get a treatment plan aimed at maximizing comfort and mobility following a hand ligament injury. Dr. Mark Pruzansky and Dr. Jason Pruzansky have proven, successful outcomes in treating both common conditions and complex injuries of the hands.
What is a Hand Ligament Injury?
With the exception of fractures, ligament injuries are some of the most common conditions we see patients presenting with. Your hand has many ligaments, each playing an important role in how well you’re able to move your hand and grip things. An injury to any ligament in your hand could result in pain and even a decrease in your range of motion.
Ligaments themselves are short bands of flexible connective tissue that connect two bones to form a joint. Ligaments can be injured when someone falls, plays contact sports, lifts heavy objects, or has a car or bike accident. Ligaments can either be completely or partially torn. When hand ligament injuries happen, the bones that are attached to the ligament can no longer move along their usual path.
Depending on the severity of your injury, the hand specialists at HandSport Surgery Institute generally recommend conservative treatments, like rest, straps, splinting, and rehab, or surgical procedures at times when a large tear is present.
Types of Hand Ligament Injuries
- Skier’s Thumb: Skier’s thumb, or Gamekeeper’s Thumb, is a common injury that occurs when the strong ligamentous band at the base of your thumb is torn when a person breaks a fall, levering the thumb away from the index finger (like while holding a ski pole). Rest and splinting can often help partial tears, but surgery may be necessary for more severe cases.
- Collateral Ligament Rupture: With a collateral ligament rupture, the supporting ligaments that are necessary for the stabilization of a finger and movement integrity are compromised. This injury can happen among any of the finger joints.
- Digital Ligament Tear: Generally resulting from fingers getting “jammed” into doors, these ligament tears may be partial or complete and may affect any finger of your hand.
Get Treated by the Best. Contact us for More Information About the Hand Treatments Available to You.
If you have any questions or concerns about your hand – don’t wait. The function of your hand can be greatly diminished by allowing hand conditions or injuries go untreated. Make sure you are seen by a professional and contact us.