Automobile accidents usually catch people by surprise. However, in the brief moment before a collision, you might have time to react and put your hands up and brace yourself. Unfortunately, bracing yourself like this often results in hand and wrist injuries.
Hand and wrist pain after an automobile accident can be related to a number of injuries, some minor and some more serious. Take a look at the list here to learn more about common wrist injuries from an automobile accident to understand why you may need treatment.
Common wrist injuries from auto accidents
- Tendinitis — Tendinitis is a type of painful inflammation that can affect the tendons in your wrists. It usually develops over time from repetitive use of the wrist in physical activity. However, overexertion from a traumatic event like an automobile accident can cause it to develop.
- Sprains — Your wrist contains several ligaments that help keep the bones in the joint connected and stable. An automobile accident can cause these ligaments to stretch or tear, which is known as a sprain. Sprains are painful and limit the use of your hand and wrist.
- Strains — Like a sprain, a strain is also a stretch or tear of soft tissue, but it affects the muscles and tendons instead. Strains are also painful and limit your range of motion.
- Fracture — The force from an impact in an automobile accident can cause one or more of the bones in your hand, wrist and forearm to fracture. When this happens, the use of your wrist will be limited until the fractured bones heal.
- Carpal tunnel syndrome — Carpal tunnel syndrome is inflammation that affects the median nerve in your wrist. It is painful and limits the use of your wrist, hand and fingers. Like tendinitis, carpal tunnel syndrome usually develops over time from repetitive use of the wrists, but it can develop from a traumatic event like a car accident.
Visit the Florida Spine and Joint Institute today for wrist pain treatment
Do you have pain in your hands, wrists or forearms after an automobile accident? Our orthopedic specialists at the Florida Spine and Joint Institute specialize in a variety of orthopedic treatments that can help you recover. Contact us today for more information about wrist pain or to schedule an initial appointment.