Sprain: fingers and wrist

The sprain of the wrist is benign. Always look for a fracture in the face of persistent pain.

Finger strains are common especially among volleyball players, basketball players or handball players when they receive the ball on their fingers. Simply attach the sick finger with a nearby finger to immobilize the painful joint.

There is often an associated subluxation that leads to the persistence of mild pain.

The thumb is a very important finger because it allows grasping. If damaged, the metacarpophalangeal joint causes real functional impotence. It is classically a ski accident with the thumb caught in the ski stick strap.

A sprain of the thumb must be immobilized by a splint for 2 weeks. The pain often persists for several months. If laxity persists, it is a sign of ligament rupture and surgery is indicated.

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> Ski: 8 exercises to prepare for the track!
> Fingers affected by rheumatoid arthritis
> Rhizarthrosis: osteoarthritis of the thumb

Sources and notes

- S. Zilber, J. Allain. Knee and Leg Trauma, EMC Emergency Medicine, 2007.
- T. Bauer, P. Hardy. Ankle Sprains, EMC Musculoskeletal System, 2011.

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