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Huntsville Hospital Health System and The Orthopaedic Center (TOC) have joined forces. Continue reading “TOC Joins Huntsville Hospital Family”
TOC is known for all things orthopaedic — however, have you ever wanted to just sit down and ask the doctors specific questions about certain issues? Continue reading “Ask the Doctors: Knee & Shoulder Pain”
Congratulations to William Barry from Grissom High School. He is the TOC Sports and Huntsville Hospital Sports Center Athlete of the Week for March 2023!
Virgil I Grissom High School
-4-Year Starter / Varsity Starter and Team Captain / Best Defensive Player Award Winner / Varsity Cross County Team Member
-Top 5 Percent of Graduating Class / National Honor Society Executive Council / “A’ Honor Roll / Politicos & Photography Club
-FBLA Member & Volunteer / Works with USDOJ on Huntsville City Schools Desegregation Committee / Land Trust Volunteer
Congratulations to Elaine Bao from Bob Jones High School. She is the TOC Sports and Huntsville Hospital Sports Center Athlete of the Week for March 2023!
Bob Jones High School
-Junior Women’s National Criterium Champion / Top 10 – National Road Race Championship / 2X Winner – Music City Criterium
-National Merit Semifinalist / AP Scholar w/ Distinction / Mu Alpha Theta / 3X HS Allstate Band Selection / National Honors Society
-Youth Band Member for Local Church / Presidential Gold Volunteer Service Award for online tutoring / Mana House Volunteer
Congratulations to Hunter Taylor from Guntersville High School. He is the TOC Sports and Huntsville Hospital Sports Center Athlete of the Week for March 2023!
Guntersville High School
Baseball / Football
– 2-Year Varsity Starter & Team Captain – Football / 3-Year Varsity Starter & Team Captain – Baseball / Received Camp Invitation
-“A” Honor Roll / National Honors society / National Beta Club Member / National Society of High School Scholars
-Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) – Intern / Community Event Planner / Group Ministry Volunteer
Whether someone is a professional athlete, a member of a high school or college team, or is your typical weekend warrior, hand and wrist injuries are common. Prompt management of the injury is essential for healing and preventing any long-term issues. Learning how to handle these common injuries from contact sports is advantageous to anyone who is active.
What Sports Have the Highest Risk for Hand Injuries?
Approximately 25% of all sports injuries involve the hand or wrist. Finger, hand, and wrist injuries are particularly more common in contact sports like soccer, football, wrestling, skiing, snowboarding, high-speed biking, skateboarding, and gymnastics. Injuries can happen from a direct blow or a fall, jerking, jamming, or twisting the hand and wrist.
Pulled muscles and strains, fractures, dislocations, tendon injuries, and crushing injuries are among the most frequent conditions diagnosed for an injured athlete or active individual.
How to Spot Severe Hand Injuries from Contact Sports
If you sustain an injury, and have only mild pain, bruising, or swelling, try at-home treatment first. Apply ice, rest, and elevate the hand and use some compression to reduce any minor pain and swelling. In addition, you can use over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication.
If the pain becomes progressively worse, stop engaging in regular sports activities, and see The Orthopedic Center right away for an official diagnosis.
Seek immediate care if you experience any of the following acute symptoms:
- Severe sudden pain and swelling
- A clicking or grating sound when moving fingers or hand
- If the hand and fingers feel cold to the touch or turn grey
- Bleeding that does not stop or slow down within 15 minutes
- An abnormal twisting or bending of the hand or fingers
An acute injury should be treated without delay to prevent further complications. The symptoms mentioned above will not improve on their own, as they require professional treatment from a specialist like The Orthopedic Center.
Treatments for Sports-Related Hand Injuries
Depending on the severity of the injury, its location, the type of injury, and how long ago it happened will determine the treatment The Orthopedic Center will recommend.
In fact, several treatments may be appropriate. Pain medications, taping for support, utilization of a brace or splint, and physical therapy can all work hand-in-hand to gradually help the body heal. More severe injuries may require a cast or surgery.
Delaying treatment can cause some severe and long-term consequences, which is why you should call The Orthopedic Center if you have sustained a serious sports-related injury to your hand or wrist.
As always, if you have any further questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please call (256) 539-2728 or request an appointment online today!
Physicians with Speciality Hand, Wrist, & Elbows:
Congratulations to Vivian Grace Willett from Hazel Green High School. She is the TOC Sports and Huntsville Hospital Sports Center Athlete of the Week for March 2023!
Vivian Grace Willett
Hazel Green High School
Soccer / Competition Cheer & Dance
-Varsity Soccer Member & Team Captain / Varsity Letterman – Dance, Soccer & Cheer / UCA All-American Cheerleader
-Girls State Representative (Choir) / National Honors Society / Principal’s Advisory Board / Honor Choir Member / Class Secretary
-HS Student Ambassador / Volunteer Soccer Coach / S.P.A.R.K.S. Program Mentor / Church Student Assistant & Volunteer
Congratulations to Mason Meadows from Madison County High School. He is the TOC Sports and Huntsville Hospital Sports Center Athlete of the Week for February 2023!
Madison County High School
Football / Basketball
-3-Year Varsity Team Captain – Football / 4-Year varsity Team Captain – Basketball / First Team All-Region – Football
-FCCLA – Member / National Honors Society / Bryant-Jordan Foundation Regional Winner / A-Honor Roll
-CASA Volunteer – Meal Delivery / Downtown Rescue Mission Volunteer / Youth Football & Basketball Camp Volunteer
Congratulations to Sydney Truesdall from Bob Jones High School. She is the TOC Sports and Huntsville Hospital Sports Center Athlete of the Week for February 2023!
Bob Jones High School
Track and Field / Band
-2019 Indoor State Champion – Pole Vault / 2X 7A Sectionals Champion – Pole Vault / Competition Band – Section Leader
-“A” Average throughout Advance Placement (AP) & Honors Courses / National Honor Society / Music Honor Society VP
-Music Performer at Senior Centers & Charity Events / Establishing a National Athletic Honors Society / Book Illustrator