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Sporting activities are a terrific way to keep active, but they can also result in hand injuries. Hand and wrist injuries are among the most common in sports, with injuries ranging from simple scratches and cuts to more serious sprains and fractured bones. Hand injuries can occur from contact with another player, from the ball, or the playing surface. Common hand and wrist injuries in sports include sprains and strains of the wrist, thumb, and fingers, jammed fingers, contusions, fractures, and dislocated joints. Treatment options range from rest, ice, and over-the-counter drugs to surgical intervention, depending on the severity of the injury.

Common injuries in hand can be prevented by wearing protective gear such as gloves and wraps, as well as strengthening the muscles of the wrists and hands. Proper warm-up and stretching before playing can also help reduce the risk of injury. If damage occurs, it is essential to seek medical attention immediately. Ignoring a hand or wrist injury can lead to more severe problems, such as chronic injuries pain, decreased mobility, and even loss of function. However, most hand injuries can be adequately treated, and athletes may return to sports.

Common Hand and Wrist Injuries from Sports Activity

Hand injuries in sports are among the most prevalent sorts of injuries. Sports that involve hand injuries are caused by direct contact with another player, an item, or the playing surface. They are also commonplace during falls and impact with the ball or other sports equipment. Severe Injuries such as sprains, fractures, contusions, and dislocations are the most common sports-related hand injuries.

    • Fractures are among the most severe hand injuries caused by sports activities. They involve the breaking or cracking of one or more bones in hand. Fractures can occur when a ball strikes the hand or when the hand is put under too much pressure when catching or throwing a ball.
    • Contusions, or bruises, occur when the skin on the hand is struck or crushed. They can be painful and cause the needle to become swollen and discolored.
    • Sprains occur when the ligaments in hand are stretched beyond their normal range of motion. Sprains can happen when the hand gets twisted or bent too far.
    • A dislocation occurs when two bones in a hand move out of their usual places. A dislocation can occur due to a fall onto an extended hand or as a direct hit to the hand.

Causes of Hand Injuries in Sports

Athletes who participate in sports are prone to get their hands injuries. Minor scratches and bruises to more serious hand or wrist fractures and dislocations are all possible. The causes of hand injuries in sports are divided into two main categories: contact and non-contact. Contact injuries occur when a player’s hand is hit, scraped, or otherwise subjected to force, such as when a ball strikes the hand or when an opponent grabs or punches the hand.

Non-contact injuries, on the other hand, are usually caused by overuse (injuries) or overexertion, such as when a player repeatedly performs a movement that puts strain on their hand or performs an exercise incorrectly. Hand injuries can also be caused by improper technique and faulty equipment, such as using a bat or glove that is the wrong size. Finally, environmental variables such as playing on a too-hard surface or in cold or rainy circumstances can induce acute injuries.

Treatment Options for Hand Injuries in Sports

Hand and wrist pain are prevalent, especially in contact sports such as football, rugby, and hockey. Fortunately, there are several treatment options for sports-related hand injuries. But the treatment depends upon the severity of the injury. Rest, ice, compression, medicines, splinting, physical therapy, and surgery are a combination of common hand therapies that may be used depending on the degree and type of injury. To determine the exact location of the injury, a sports medicine physician will examine the hand. Not all injuries of the hand can be prevented but proper diagnosis and treatment can aid in recovery and avoid subsequent issues.

  • Rest is often the first step in treating hand injuries in athletics, as it gives the body a chance to heal, especially if the damage is due to overuse.

  • Ice can also relieve swelling and discomfort, while compression and elevation can assist in reducing inflammation. 

  • Medications like painkillers are prescribed to reduce pain and inflammation.

  • Splinting can also protect the injured area and help reduce the risk of further injury.

  • Physical therapy is often recommended to help restore movement and strength to the injured area, as well as to help prevent further injury.

  • Surgery is necessary in severe cases, mainly if a fracture or ligament tear occurs.

  • Following a hand surgery may require rehabilitation to assist the athlete in recovering to their pre-injury level of performance.

How can a Lawyer for Hand Injuries Assist Me?

A hand injury attorney you engage will assess your claim to make sure the negligent party or parties are held accountable and that you receive the money you require for healing and returning to your life. This includes the price of pain and suffering, missed wages, medical bills, and more. Damages may even cover the cost of therapy and counseling for psychological issues.

Since it has more than 30 years of experience handling cases involving catastrophic injuries, Ariel Law Group is the forceful firm you want on your side.


1. What sorts of compensation can I be eligible for following a hand injury?

The amount of compensation you are entitled to if you suffer hand injuries in an accident will depend on a number of variables, including the following.

  • Medical costs from the past, the present, and the future due to accidents-related injuries. This covers hospital costs, ambulance fees, physical therapy, specialist visits, and in-home care services.
  • Lost wages from the accident in the past and the future.
  • Out-of-pocket costs brought on by accident-related costs.
  • Bodily discomfort, emotional distress, mental anguish, and loss of companionship.
  • Punitive damages if the accident was brought on by malicious or deliberate behavior.

2. How long do I have after hand injuries to file a lawsuit?

According to California law, a lawsuit for hand injuries and other personal injuries must be brought either within two years of the incidence.  Additionally, waiting could make your case weaker and possibly lower the amount of your settlement.

3. How can a hand injury attorney help me?

When you engage a hand injury attorney, that attorney will assess your claim to make sure that the responsible person or parties are held accountable and that you receive the compensation you require for healing and returning to your life.

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