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Gymnastic Wrist Treatment – Flipping for These 3 Easy Steps!

Gymnastic Wrist Treatment


Gymnastic Wrist Treatment is needed when you injure the tendons in the wrist. The wrist is a series of fifteen small joints that are connected with those tendons. For most people, these tendons are more than tough enough to overcome most situations that could cause injury. Athletes, such as gymnasts, experience many more wrist injuries because of the nature of their sport.

Step One – Understand the Injury

When the wrist is put under a great deal of pressure or is twisted beyond its normal range, the tendons can be stretched or torn. This is called a sprain.

  • It has three levels of severity.
  • All three levels will require a gymnastic wrist treatment.
  • A level one sprain is normally just a stretching of the tendons.
  • Level two occurs when there are small tear in the tendons.
  • Level three is happens when the tendons are torn completely.

Step 2 – Basic Treatment

  • Level one and two sprains need rest, ice and elevation.
  • These types of sprains will heal in a couple of days to a week.
  • They require only basic gymnastic wrist treatment.
  • The key to treating these minor sprains is to return to normal activity at a slow pace so that you do not re-injure you wrist.
  • With a level one or two sprain you will want to wear an ace bandage. This will keep the swelling down while resume regular activity.

Step 3 – Advanced Treatment

  • A level three sprain is much more severe.
  • It also needs rest, ice and elevation but it also needs more.
  • This is due to a complete tear of the tendon(s).
  • For a level three sprain, the doctor will usually do x-rays to make sure that nothing is broken.
  • If you have a level three sprain, your wrist will be immobilized in a splint or cast. This is will allow the tendons to rest and grow back together.
  • For all three types of sprains your doctor will prescribe over the counter pain killers such as ibuprofen for the pain and swelling.

If you injure your wrist you will need a gymnastic wrist treatment in order to get back on the mat and start flipping again.

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Swollen Wrist for a Racer – Cross the Relief Finish Line!

Swollen Wrist and Racing

A swollen wrist is a common sports injury. I was recently visited by a cyclist. He had a minor bike accident. During a 10k race, he collided with another racer. He was thrown from his bicycle. Luckily, a swollen wrist was his only injury. However, the injury definitely got in the way of his training.

Diagnosis

  • I did a routine examination of the wrist. I noticed there was quite a bit of tenderness around the area. The patient was complaining of limited mobility. He also had pain and stiffness around the joint.
  • My first step was to rule out a break or fracture. The x-ray showed that there was no damage to the bone in the wrist or hand.
  • I asked for a description of his fall. I wanted to know how he landed on his hand and wrist. From this, I determined that he had a wrist sprain.
  • Sprains are extremely common and can happen to anyone. The ligaments and tendons around the wrist were stretched in a way that is not normal. For this type of injury, there is often pain and swelling in the joint. In this racer’s case, the fall he experienced injured his wrist. There was a sprain and bruising. This also resulted in a swollen wrist.

Treatment

  • The best remedy for a swollen wrist is to limit the amount of movement in the joint. I immediately wrapped the wrist in a bandage.
  • I suggested that the racer limit activity for about a week to 10 days. Keeping pressure off the area and rest will heal the sprain and repair the stretched ligaments in a short time.
  • In addition, I also recommended an ice compresses to reduce swelling.
  • I advised hime to get an over the counter pain reliever, such as aspirin or ibuprofen. This would help with the discomfort.

A swollen wrist can be an uncomfortable problem to deal with for a racer. You need to be at 100% when participating in a 10k challenge. Also, their normal routine can be impacted. The most important thing to remember is this extremely common injury can heal quickly as long as you follow a few simple directions and keep your focus on crossing the finish line.

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