Wrist and Hand Injury in Skiing

Behnad Honarbakhsh, MPT, BHK, CSCS, CAFCI, D.O.(c), discusses wrist injuries in skiing.

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Behnad Honarbakhsh, MPT, BHK, CSCS, CAFCI, D.O.(c), discusses wrist injuries in skiing.
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Featuring Behnad Honarbakhsh, MPT, BHK, CSCS, CAFCI, D.O.(c)

Duration: 1 minute, 20 seconds

Wrist and hand injuries are very common in downhill skiing and usually it’s again falling on an outstretched arm to sort of catch your weight and you end up with what we call in skiing, a “skiers thumb”, which is a tear of the ulna collateral ligament in the thumb.

And it usually happens from a hyperextension, usually skiers get their poles caught and that’s why sometimes we recommend people not wear their pole strap while skiing, and also you can get a fracture in the wrist and sometimes these go unnoticed on an x-ray and that is why we do repeat x-rays, to try to catch these.

You have to make sure you get to a qualified physiotherapist as soon as you can so we can determine the severity of this and to get you the right equipment perhaps if you need a splint or a wrist guard so that, first of all you can function in your day-to-day activities and not re-aggravate the injury and also to make sure if we have to immobilize the part in case of a fracture or a severe sprain that is taken care of as well.

From there the rehab process starts right away. And we'll start moving the parts that we can and we protect the parts that we should and make sure that you are on your way to an optimal rehab program.

Presenter: Mr. Behnad Honarbakhsh, Physiotherapist, Vancouver, BC

Local Practitioners: Physiotherapist

This content is for informational purposes only, and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare professional with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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