Dr. Emilio López-Vidriero is a superspecialist in sports traumatology at the University of Ottawa, Canada. In this section you can consult the different injuries of the wrist/hand and their treatments, both conservative and surgical.


This anatomical region is the end of the movement chain for all sports. It is mostly injured due to overuse, both in grip and hitting sports. Ideally the injury will be diagnosed so it can be treated without surgery. If necessary, performing surgery tailored to each sport and athlete is crucial to success.

Pain in the ulnar region/side of the little finger. What can it be?

  • Tendinopathy of the extensor carpi ulnaris: typical of tennis players.

  • Triangular fibrocartilage injury: from trauma or overuse.

  • Ulnar neuropathy: it can be associated with tingling in pinkie and ring fingers, as well as loss of strength.

  • Radiocubital instability.

  • Ulna plus or longer than the radius.

  • Trigger finger which gets caught or locks.

Pain in the radial region/side of the thumb. What can it be?

  • Injury of the thumb’s tendons, Dequervain’s tendinopathy of the third compartment.

  • Cross-linking or intersection syndrome in the extensor tendons.

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome: the wrist hurts and the thumb, index, and middle finger are usually numb.

  • Injury of the scaphoid bone, or of the scapho-lunar ligament.

My hand turns numb. What can it be?

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome: entrapment of the median nerve. Tingling in the thumb, index, and middle finger. Typical of sports with strong grips and manual workers.

  • Guyon’s canal syndrome, ulnar neuropathy. Tingling in pinkie and ring finger.

  • Posterior interosseous nerve syndrome: tingling on the back of the thumb.

  • Cervical spine hernia: in the entire hand over the whole back and throughout the forearm and shoulder.

My finger is snagged/locked. What can it be?

  • Trigger finger. Tendinopathy of the flexors. Trapped flexor tendon in pulleys.

  • It can be treated with physiotherapy, ultrasound-guided infiltration and minimally invasive surgery.

  • Dupytren’s disease: fibrosis around the tendons that progressively flex the finger.

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