Common Summer Hand & Wrist Injuries

Spring is now upon us, which only means one thing – summer is approaching! During summer everybody loves being outdoors in the sun, but this can cause people to pick-up an injury, due to consistently taking part in outdoor activities.

 

Wrist sprains

When the sun is out, we all enjoy the warm weather and making the most of it as we don’t know when it will next rain in the UK! Everybody loves taking part in outdoor activities and this can range from sports, rock climbing, bike ride, zip wiring plus many more. 

A bad habit no one considers before beginning the activity is a potential injury. We are all too eager and excited to have fun that we do not consider the possibility of picking-up an injury during the activity. Some people may argue that there is a very small chance an injury may occur, however, it doesn’t matter how small of a chance it may be. You should still always be aware of what could and couldn’t happen. 

A common injury that occurs during the summer is the spraining of the wrist. The wrist is fragile as it is, but when you either fall or bend it the wrong way – an injury is almost certain to happen. The most common ways people sprain their wrist is by falling over and landing on the wrist. 

The main activities where this occurs is bike riding, skateboarding, riding a scooter and many more if you’re not careful. If you’re taking part in one of those activities, we strongly advise that you wear wrist guards so you will be protected if you fall and land awkwardly.

Burns

The heat always attracts everyone’s attention, as it brings a huge feel-good factor to everyone. But not many people realise how easy you can potentially burn yourself, and it’s not just from the sun. There are many other ways you can accidentally burn yourself, for example, if you’re barbequing it can get very hot and if you do not wear any gloves then there is a chance you could accidentally burn yourself.

Also, if you’re simply relaxing by a fire pit you must be wary of the open flames as this can be dangerous too. The open flames are of course very hot but they can also reach a fair distance, so if you do have a fire pit then you should be careful you do not get too close to the flames – as an accident is likely to happen.

It’s very important to understand what fire is and what it can do, so if you have any kids you must make them aware of the potential dangers that could happen. Furthermore, the main factor why people burn is because of the sun. 

When the sun is shining, many people forget or purposely forget to apply sun cream on as they want to be able to catch a tan from the sun. However, if you do not put sunscreen on then you’re further exposing yourself to the sun’s UV rays, which is not great for your skin. So, when you’re outside and it’s a hot day, just make sure you apply sunscreen on your skin so you will be protected.

Jammed finger

During the summer months, all sports activities are a massive attraction because the audience range is huge. There are people who love sports and they’re very passionate about it, but there are also people who like sports because they like having a good time with their friends and family. Overall, sporting activities bring a huge amount of people together which is a great thing to do.

All sporting activities require a lot of physical movement from all parts of the body, some more than others, but overall you’re pushing your body to some extent to be able to do the sport. Bearing this in mind, it’s important to know with all sports that injuries do occur and it’s only natural, so if you do pick-up an injury – don’t worry, it’s not the end of the world!

There are many injuries that can occur when playing sports, but one in particular that is more common is a jammed finger. A jammed finger usually occurs when you’re going to catch a ball but instead of catching it smoothly, the ball hits the tip of your finger with a heavy impact. When this happens your finger will be in pain and there will be redness and swelling in the injured area.

In the majority of cases, this is easily treatable and it’s quite rare you will need serious attention to the injury. But to treat it, simply apple ice for 15 minutes each hour to bring the swelling down, then take an Ibuprofen to ease any discomfort.

 

Gardening Hand Injuries

It might not seem likely, but it has become quite common people pick-up an injury when gardening as they’re not paying full attention to what they’re doing. This can be because of numerous things, such as using a gardening tool incorrectly or an insect is distracting them, but either way the end result is always the same.

It can be difficult to manage insects as they’re flying around all the time around the garden, and all you can do is stay out of their way. But if you’re gardening on a hot day, then there is a good chance you will come into contact with a bee, wasp plus others and they could give you a nasty bite or sting. 

If you’re stung or bitten, then don’t leave it late till you decide to treat it as it’s crucial you get it treated immediately so there will be no issues later on. The constant distraction of insects could affect the way you work, for example if you’re digging up soil or using any other equipment and you hear the sound of a wasp, your immediate reaction will be to move out of the way so you won’t get stung.

This is only natural, but to combat this issue make sure you’re well protected from any potential bite or sting and try your best to not get distracted from the gardening work you’re doing. 

 

We hope you enjoyed reading our list of common injuries that occur more than most in the summer! If you think we have missed any, then feel free to get in touch and let us know.