Both highly-trained athletes and weekend warriors have the potential to injure themselves while engaged in conditioning and sports. Even experienced athletes can have a difficult time knowing the extent of an injury due to many symptoms overlapping in a variety of conditions. For this reason, it is vital to see an experienced sports medicine hand surgeon like Dr. Mark Pruzanksy or Dr. Jason Pruzansky.
Located in Manhattan, HandSport Surgery Institute is a New York based practice and pioneers of the field of hand, wrist, and elbow surgery. Our surgeons specialize in sports injuries to the hand, wrist, and elbow as one of the country’s leading practices for minimally invasive surgery. Choose the leading hand and wrist surgery group in New York City and see the difference it can make for you.
Sports Injuries Treated at HandSport Surgery Institute
Most sports injuries are a direct result of overuse or direct impact by a force that is greater than the extremity can structurally withstand. Other times, sports injuries occur due poor training practices, or improper body mechanics. Faulty, or improper gear, can also contribute to an athlete’s injury.
There are two kinds of sports injuries: acute and chronic. An injury that occurs suddenly is known as an acute injury. Chronic injuries are caused by way of repeated injury and overuse of the muscle groups or joints. Poor technique or improper gear can also contribute to the development of acute and chronic injuries.
Mallet Finger, commonly known as Baseball Finger, is a deformity to the finger caused by damage to the tendon that straightens the finger. This commonly occurs when an object, such as a ball, strikes the tip of the finger.
A Boxer’s Fracture involves a break of the 5th metacarpal bones near the knuckle of the hand. It may also involve the 4th metacarpal of the hand. Symptoms often include pain and a depression in the affected knuckle.
Boxer’s Knuckle is an injury to the first knuckle of the finger, which is also known as the metacarpophalangeal joint. This may involve the skin, extensor tendon, ligaments, joint cartilage and the metacarpal head. It is usually experienced by boxer’s when they mishit an object with excessive force.
Jersey Finger is an injury to the tendon that may occur in athletes when grabbing the jersey of another player, usually the ring finger. Prompt treatment may reduce the loss of flexion at the end of the finger.
Pitcher’s Finger involves injury to the flexor tendon pulley system. The damage may be partial or complete tearing of one or more pulleys in the finger flexor tendon sheath.
Tennis Elbow is a common term for an overuse injury to the outer elbow which relates to excessive extension of the wrist.
Little Leaguer’s Elbow
Little Leaguer’s Elbow is an injury to the growth plate of the inner aspect of the humerus by the elbow. This is caused by repetitive overload stress, which leads to inflammation and injury of this growth plate. This injury is commonly sustained with baseball pitching.
Pitcher’s Elbow in adults refers to a condition with inflammation and tearing of the medial collateral ligament connecting the humerus to the ulna. This injury is common with overuse.
If You Believe You Have a Sports Injury, Contact HandSport Surgery Institute
Please contact us as soon as possible to schedule an appointment with our talented team. People experiencing basketball injuries should be evaluated to optimize performance the to reduce the possibility of further injury and mobility issues.
If you have been injured, it’s important to be evaluated by a highly skilled professional. Call Dr. Mark Pruzansky and Dr. Jason Pruzansky at 212-249-8700 to schedule an appointment, obtain an accurate diagnosis, and begin recovery after your hand, wrist, or elbow injury.