Sports Injury Spotlight: Arm, Elbow, and Wrist Injuries

If you love a round of golf or the swing of a tennis racket, you may be more prone to arm, elbow, and wrist injuries. But it isn’t just these athletes who may experience symptoms: any athlete is at risk for an arm injury. That’s why it’s important to learn more about preventing and treating such injuries.

There are several symptoms to be weary of in the case of an arm injury. These include bruising around the elbow, rupture of overlying skin, tenderness or swelling, numbness of fingers, or pain associated with joint movement.

If you experience any of these symptoms, you should contact The Bone and Joint Center for further examination.

These symptoms could be associated with a number of arm, elbow, or wrist injuries, including tennis elbow. Overuse injuries are caused by repeated motion. Tearing can develop in the forearm and in severe cases surgery may be required.

A minor fracture can exist within the arm and elbow region, without any sudden trauma. In adolescents especially, if pain and swelling occur near the humerus (upper arm bone) it may be an indication of a break. The Bone and Joint Center can diagnose and recommend treatment, be it rest, rehab or even surgery.

The wrist is complex, comprised of two bones of the forearm with eight additional bones, held in place by multiple ligaments. When an athlete, such as a snowboarder, falls hard on their wrists, a sprain can occur from tearing the ligaments. X-Rays will confirm whether or not the wrist is broken, and further treatment can include physical therapy.

While arm, elbow, and wrist injuries have potential to occur in all athletes, it shouldn’t keep you from playing your favorite sport. By understanding the symptoms and treatment for these injuries, you can recovered quickly or better yet, prevent injuries all together.