April: Occupational Therapy Month



Sprains most often occur when you fall and try to catch yourself with your hand. Sprains can be mild and heal quickly on their own or severe and require medical attention. You can sprain several different parts of your hand, including your wrist, thumb, or fingers.

Bone Injuries

There are 27 bones in your hand, which gives you plenty of opportunities to sustain an injury in your everyday life. Fractures or broken bones may be a small crack or a full break which requires more extensive treatment. Dislocation happens when a bone is pushed out of place and no longer aligns correctly. It’s fairly common to dislocate the fingers around the knuckles.

Soft Tissue Injuries

Tendons, muscles, and ligaments are types of soft tissue. These types of injuries usually occur over a period of time with repetitive strain.

Prevent Hand Injuries

  • Wear proper fitting gloves when gardening, doing yard work, or using sharp objects
  • Wear oven mitts when you use the oven or grill
  • If you’re working at a computer or doing a repetitive movement, take a break to stretch
  • Use proper mechanics and try to keep your wrists in a neutral (flat) position