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Wrist Injuries Specialists

Sports Medicine Oregon

Orthopedic Surgery & Sports Medicine located in Tigard, OR & Wilsonville, OR

Around 25% of sports injuries involve the hand or wrist. However, wrist injuries, whether they occur during sports or a slip-and-fall accident at home, can cause serious problems when untreated. The skilled orthopedic team at Sports Medicine Oregon in Tigard and Wilsonville, Oregon, provides expert diagnosis and a full range of orthopedic and sports medicine care for your wrist injuries. Call Sports Medicine Oregon today or schedule a consultation online if you have a painful wrist injury.

Wrist Injuries Q&A

What are common wrist injuries?

The Sports Medicine Oregon team treats various wrist injuries, including:

Sprains

A sprain occurs when a ligament stretches beyond its normal range of motion — in severe injuries, the overstretched ligament tears. Most people sprain their wrist by falling onto an outstretched hand. 

Tendon injuries

The tendons in your wrist allow you to flex your fingers and thumbs. Tendonitis, or inflammation in a tendon, can cause pain, swelling, and a reduced range of motion. 

Trigger finger (stenosing tenosynovitis) is another repetitive strain injury that narrows the synovial sheath surrounding a tendon.

Fractures

You can break any of the eight small bones or the ends of your radius and ulna in your wrist. Wrist fractures often occur when you fall onto an outstretched hand or during a high-force collision on the field or in an automobile. 

Carpal tunnel syndrome

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a repetitive use injury that causes inflammation in the transverse carpal ligament. It compresses your median nerve as it passes through a small opening in your wrist. 

When should I talk to a doctor about a wrist injury?

You should seek immediate medical treatment for acute injuries. For example, if you know that you’ve injured your wrist during a fall on the soccer pitch, call Sports Medicine Oregon right away to schedule same-day care.

Repetitive use injuries develop gradually, and you may be able to manage your symptoms at home with rest, ice, and over-the-counter anti-inflammatories. However, if your pain worsens or persists for more than a few days, you should seek expert medical care. 

How are wrist injuries diagnosed?

The Sports Medicine Oregon team provides thorough exams to assess your wrist injury and learn about your needs. In addition to feeling your wrist and visually looking for signs of damage, your provider may perform neurological function tests or order an X-ray or MRI. 

How are wrist injuries treated?

The orthopedic experts at Sports Medicine Oregon provide customized treatment plans to help your wrist heal and manage your symptoms. Depending on your needs, your program may include:

  • Immobilization
  • Regenerative medicine
  • Minimally invasive surgery
  • Integrated physical therapy
  • Total joint replacement

The team also offers personalized return-to-play guidelines to ensure you get back to training and competition quickly and safely. 

Call Sports Medicine Oregon today or make an appointment online if you need expert treatment for a wrist injury.