Wrist, Hand, and Finger Injuries

While wrist, hand, and finger injuries naturally develop through habitual wear and tear processors and progressive overuse, they are more commonly seen as a result of:

  • Direct trauma associated with sports
  • Trips resulting in FOOSH injuries
  • Accidents with heavy machinery and/or power tools


Patients who present with wrist, hand, or finger injuries following direct trauma may have the following signs and symptoms:

  • Pain
  • Sensitivity
  • Weakness
  • Heat
  • Swelling
  • Deformity
  • Joint restriction and/or locking
  • Clicking


The common neuromusculoskeletal diagnoses for injuries of the wrist, hand, and fingers are:

  • Ligament strains and/or tears
  • Tendon strains and/or tears
  • Joints sprains
  • Overlying and intrinsic muscles tissue tearing, straining, or bruising
  • Complicated fractures requiring surgical intervention (scaphoid, or fractures near the physis of the metacarpals and phalanges)
  • Stable fractures requiring splinting followed by progressive rehabilitation
  • Partial and complete dislocations
  • Compression or crushing injuries potentially resulting in carpal tunnel, and nail-bed deformities


Depending on the diagnosis and the severity of the wrist, hand, or finger injury, patients may respond well to a conservative manual approach involving:

  • Soft tissue therapy
  • Passive joint mobilisation
  • Musculoskeletal dry needling
  • Advanced taping techniques (rigid taping and/or kinesio taping)
  • Progressive injury rehabilitation
  • Date May 3, 2019
  • Tags Carpal Tunnel, Chiropractic, Chiropractor, Desk postures, Finger, Hand, Ligament tear, Mallet finger, Scaphoid, Tension, Tightness, Treatment, Trigger finger, Upper Crossed Syndrome, Weakness, Wrist