Dr. Seidel’s guide to common hand and wrist injuries

In our daily lives, our hands and wrists play a pivotal role, and it’s easy to take their function for granted until an injury occurs.

Understanding the common types of hand trauma and wrist injuries can help you seek the right treatment promptly and prevent further complications.

Dr. Seidel of Comprehensive Orthopaedics has created an essential guide to the most frequent hand and wrist injuries you should be aware of.

Hand Trauma

Hand injuries can range from minor bruises to serious fractures and sprains. Here are some common types of hand trauma:

Bruises and Abrasions

These are often caused by a direct blow or a fall. While painful, they usually heal on their own with proper care and protection. Always clean abrasions well to prevent infection.


A broken bone in the hand is a more severe injury and can result from a fall, crush injury, or direct hit. Symptoms include severe pain, swelling, and an inability to move the affected fingers. Medical attention is crucial for proper healing.

Lacerations and Punctures

Cuts and punctures can damage not only the skin but also tendons, nerves, and blood vessels. Immediate medical care is necessary, especially if the injury is deep or bleeding is profuse.


Hand burns, whether from heat, chemicals, or electricity, require immediate attention to reduce the risk of scarring or loss of function.

Sprained Wrist

A sprained wrist is a common injury resulting from a fall or sudden twist. Ligaments in the wrist, which connect bones to each other, become overstretched or torn. Here’s what to look for and how to handle a sprained wrist.

Symptoms of a Sprained Wrist

  • Pain and tenderness in the wrist
  • Swelling and bruising
  • Difficulty moving the wrist or gripping objects
  • A feeling of popping or tearing inside the wrist

Treatment for a Sprained Wrist

  • Rest: Avoid using the injured wrist to allow the ligaments to heal.
  • Ice: Apply ice to reduce swelling and pain.
  • Compression: Use a bandage to compress the wrist gently.
  • Elevation: Keep the wrist raised above heart level.

Preventing Hand and Wrist Injuries

Prevention is always better than cure. Here are some quick tips to avoid hand and wrist injuries:

  • Use protective gear during sports and high-risk activities.
  • Practice good ergonomics when using computers or performing repetitive tasks.
  • Strengthen your hand and wrist muscles with specific exercises.
  • Be mindful of your movements to avoid falls and sudden impacts.

It’s important to see a healthcare professional for a proper diagnosis, as severe sprains may require immobilization or surgery. If you experiencing wrist or hand injuries schedule an appointment with Dr. Seidel, at Comprehensive Orthoapedics and get the proper care you need. You can schedule a visit by visiting our website https://comprehensiveorthopaedics.com/contact/