Condition: Of all of the body parts most exposed to physical trauma during the course of a baseball game, the hands and wrists figure most precariously. Batters have little to no protection in the event a pitch runs up and in just far enough to crush the brittle collection of bones linked end to end and forming a hand. Runners hustling to reach base may slide head first (really not the best way) with arms and hands outstretched. When their moving bodies hit the immovable base, it’s asking for a dislocated digit or a fractured wrist. And it is nothing short of a miracle that more fielders escape injury while running and diving to make a catch, only partially in control of how and where their bodies land.
- Jammed finger
- Fractured finger
- “Mallet” finger
- Nail bed injury
- Finger dislocation
- Tendon tear
- Wrist bone fracture
- Wrist ligament tear
- Ulnar collateral ligament tear
- Stress fractures
Symptoms: Generally speaking, injuries to the hand or wrist can show any of the following symptoms
- Severe pain
- Coldness or grayness in the finger, hand, or wrist
- Abnormal twisting or bending
- A clicking, grating, or shifting noise with movement
- Sometimes bleeding more than 15 minutes.
Diagnosis: Made by a physician and normally includes x-rays
Treatment: Treatments run the gamut from buddy taping less severe injuries to corrective surgery followed by a cast.
Rehab: For serious injuries, a period of rest is the norm, with surgery or without. Only when the injury is completely healed can the player gradually begin training again.
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