Wrist injuries are common in children and teenagers and are often the result of an overuse injury, sprain or broken bone. Distal radius fractures (broken wrists), in particular, are extremely common in children. The break occurs at the bottom end of the bone, typically where it’s widest in the metaphysis or at the growth area (physis).
How can wrist injuries be prevented?
As with any childhood overuse injury, it’s highly recommended that young athletes take at least three to four months off each year from any one particular sport to allow for recuperation and healing. It’s generally safe for young athletes to play multiple sports throughout the year, but a variety of activities is key to healthy bones and muscles.
What are the different types of wrist injuries?
At Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, our team of pediatric-trained specialists treat the following wrist injuries in children and teens:
Hand and finger injuries are common for kids and teens, especially those who play contact sports that involve catching a ball or using hand equipment, such as skiing, basketball or volleyball.
What are the different types of hand and finger injuries?
At Children’s, we treat the following hand and finger injuries in children and teens:
This content is general information and is not specific medical advice. Always consult with a doctor or healthcare provider if you have any questions or concerns about the health of a child. In case of an urgent concern or emergency, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency department right away. Some physicians and affiliated healthcare professionals on the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta team are independent providers and are not our employees.