Physical trauma to the hand and fingers. The hands are the most commonly damaged part of the body in sports, but penetrating injuries are rare; most hand injuries are closed. Acute injuries include fractures, dislocations, and spasms that can occur from falls, twisting and bending movements, or impact with an implement (see mallet finger). Boxer's hands are particularly vulnerable to acute injuries (see Boxer's fracture). Overuse injuries mainly involve the tendons of the finger flexors. Other overuse injuries are usually transmitted upwards to the wrist and forearm (see carpal tunnel syndrome, handlebar palsy).
Subjects: Sports and Exercise Medicine.