Anatomy of an Injury – Wrist and Hand

Karate Lessons In RaleighThanks for joining us for the next part in our series on BJJ hand and wrist injuries. These types of BJJ injuries do not really happen that often, but when they do then it’s good to have an understanding of why it happened.

In today’s post, we’re going to look at the anatomy of a hand and wrist injury. If you’re looking for something besides karate lessons in Raleigh, then Gracie Raleigh has what you’re looking for! We’re the best BJJ, muay thai, and MMA gym in Raleigh, NC. Call us today to learn more.

How and Why Hand and Wrists Injuries Happen

The insides of your hands and wrists are made up of many bones, ligaments, and tendons. For instance, your wrist alone has 8 tiny bones called the carpals. The carpals are aligned on two rows and are connected using ligaments. These bones actually touch each other and allow for different movements of the wrist.

Your hands are made up of two different sets of bones; the metacarpals and the phalanges. Metacarpals actually make up the bones in the hand, while the phalanges make up the bones in your fingers.

Types of Injuries

The most common types of hand and wrist injuries for BJJ athletes are broken hands (boxer’s fractures), broken fingers, jammed fingers, and sprained wrists. Sprains are ligament injuries. These usually happen when the wrist is bent and extended too far in an unnatural way.

The boxer’s fracture, liked mentioned above, refers to fracturing one of the the metacarpal bones in the hand. These usually occur after the person strikes an opponent with a closed fist.

A jammed finger is a tendon injury. These tendons are used to straighten and bend your fingers. When this injury occurs, it could take 4 to 8 weeks to heal, depending on the severity of the injury.

If you’re looking for more helpful information about hand and wrist injuries associated with BJJ, be sure to read the other posts in this series. Just click these links below to read more about how to treat these types of injuries, or to go back and read an overview of the entire series.

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