Wrist Dislocation in Sports Medicine Follow-up

Updated: Feb 26, 2015
  • Author: Kadeer M Halimi, DO; Chief Editor: Sherwin SW Ho, MD  more...
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Follow-up

Return to Play

Athletes with wrist injuries, including wrist dislocations, are advised not to return to play until full recovery has been achieved.

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Complications

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  • A missed or late diagnosis may lead to complications.
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome may result.
  • Malunion or nonunion may occur. This is a misnomer because no fracture occurs; therefore, malunion or nonunion is not technically possible. Stiffness may be present. On rare occasions, late instability or apposition of the carpal bones may occur.
  • Degenerative joint disease is possible.
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Prevention

Wrist injuries can be prevented by implementing proper technique; maintaining good strength; maintaining good flexibility; and, if the sport permits, using wrist guards.

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Prognosis

If the diagnosis is established early (< 3 mo) and if the proper treatment is administered, the prognosis of wrist dislocations is excellent.

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Education

Athletes should be educated about how to recognize wrist injuries. Seeking early medical attention for wrist injuries is important and should be emphasized to athletes. Proper technique, flexibility, and strengthening should also be emphasized.

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