Tearing cartilage in the wrist

5 Nov

No one ever said that sports were safe, however they’re not supposed to be that dangerous to your health.  But everyone and a while, accidents do happen.  Like when I was hit with a softball bat while catching for my softball team, it tore the cartilage in my wrist. It’s not a common sports injury, but an injury all the same.

What causes cartilage tear

My wrist was torn my a strike to the joint, however, it isn’t the most common way for it to happen. Simply falling and jolting the cartilage too hard can have the same effect. awkwardly twisting it or a repetitive motion can have the same effect as well. For more things to avoid to tear the cartilage, click here: http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:A2lXik1uYkUJ:www.wisegeek.com/what-problems-affect-wrist-cartilage.htm+cartilage+tear+in+the+wrist&cd=5&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us

What to do if you tear the cartilage in your wrist

If you tear the cartilage, you need to make sure. You need to get it scanned, like by X-Ray, or MRI. If it is then, depending on how serious it is, you need to get a doctor’s recommendation of what to do. It can range from surgery to compressing your arm with ice and heat. Surgery is the more common recommendation though.  For more information click here: http://www.steadyhealth.com/about/torn_cartilage_in_wrist.html.

After surgery and risks

After surgery your wrist needs to be elevated and iced to keep the swelling down. Some exercises can be used also to keep the swelling down, but need to be done carefully, so not to damage the wrist.  The risks of the surgery of very low and uncommon, and if they happen they are easy to take care of.  Click here for possible risks and more information: http://orthoinfo.aaos.org/topic.cfm?topic=a00001


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