Hand injuries are extremely common in contact sports but all too often they are treated with a dismissive attitude as if it should be accepted that when your sporting career is over your crooked fingers should be a daily reminder that you were lucky enough to have competed in the first place.
The reality is of course, that these injuries can leave you with disfigurement and of course the possibility of arthritis in the future. Remember, the fact that you can drive does not make you a mechanic, so likewise, just because you might have played and got a finger dislocation does not qualify you to ‘pull’ fingers back into place, so players beware of the over enthusiastic mentor!
A dislocation is an injury to a joint (where bones meet), the ends of the bones are forced from their normal position. Such an injury temporarily deforms and immobilises the joint and can cause sudden and severe pain. Prompt medical attention to return the bone to the proper position without damaging the joint is vital.
However if there is any suspicion of a break, an X-Ray should be done as soon as possible. In the meantime splinting and icing should be carried out to prevent any further damage to the joint, its surrounding muscles, ligaments, nerves and even blood vessels.
The benefits of icing such injuries should not be underestimated as it can help reduce pain and swelling and the dreaded build up of fluids in and around the injured joint that can hamper the resetting process, causing recovery to take longer and even perhaps helping to avoid surgery.
Until next week mind yourselves.