Sports-related hand and wrist injuries
Childhood hand and wrist injuries are becoming more common as more children participate in youth sports. Children who participate in sports experience many benefits that can last a lifetime, but they can also get injured during these activities. If the injury is not attended to promptly or repaired properly it can cause many difficulties for the child down the road. Dr. Kargel will work to repair the damage caused by the injury, and return your child to their sport as quickly as possible.
Types of Pediatric Sports-Related Hand and Wrist Injuries
Hand and wrist injuries at the pediatric level can be caused by a number of sports-related activities:
- Impact or collision injuries
- Repetitive motion injuries
- Crushing or jamming injuries
- Bone fractures
- Torn ligaments and tendons/tendinitis
- Wrist injuries and sprains
Dr. Kargel’s Approach to Sports-Related Pediatric Hand and Wrist Injuries
Dr. Jennifer Kargel is board-certified in plastic surgery and hand surgery, which distinguishes her training and credentials from many other doctors. She has advanced knowledge of reconstructive plastic surgery, and utilizes the most advanced treatment techniques available today. While many sports-related injuries can be treated nonoperatively, Dr. Kargel can also use special operative techniques including ligament repair or reconstruction for unstable ligament tears, osteotomies for correction of bones that have healed in the wrong position, bone grafts for wrist fracture nonunions, and wrist arthroscopy for diagnosis and treatment of joint and ligament injuries. A consultation and physical examination can help point a way to the best approach to dealing with your child’s sports-related hand and wrist injury.