WRIST & HAND
SPRAINS & FRACTURES
These are very common amongst riders, given the act of falling off a horse onto an outstretched hand. Common injuries include fractures to the distal radius and ulna (forearm bones) and the scaphoid (bone in the wrist at the base of the thumb) or ligament sprains or tears.
CARPAL TUNNEL SYNDROME
The carpal tunnel is a narrow passage made up of bones and ligaments in the wrist that houses tendons and the median nerve. Damage causing inflammation to these tendons leads to compression of the median nerve, giving rise to a condition known as carpal tunnel syndrome. This causes pain and numbness/pins and needles in the wrist, thumb, index, middle and half of the ring finger.
DE QUERVAIN'S TENOSYNOVITIS
de Quevain's tenosynovitis is a painful inflammation of the tendons running from the outside of your thumb down to your wrist. It typically presents as pain and difficulty on grasping or pinching items between your thumb and fingers.