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Ligament Injury

Ligament Injury

Ligament Injury

Ligaments are the tight bands tissues that strengthen and stablise joints and they are prone to tears and sprains in the hand and wrist. Ligament damage is common in the hand because it gets so much use day to day.

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Ligament Injury

Causes

They can be damaged in a fall or accident, by an impact injury or a cut and often occur with a bone fracture.

Symptoms

Swelling and pain at the point of injury are the main symptoms combined with a reduced function such as a weaker grip.

Diagnosis

A hand specialist can determine the change in function easily but an x-ray, ultrasound and MRI scan help provide a complete picture of the damage.

Treatment

Splinting and anti-inflammatory medication are the first options but more severe injuries may require surgery, particularly if there has been a bone fracture. Torn ligaments can be repaired and re-anchored to the bone and damaged tissue cleaned up.

Surgery may require the patient to wear a cast or splint post-operation but normal function returns after several weeks.