Hands up for a spot of cricket?

With a fabulous English victory against Sri-lanka and an exciting summer of cricket against Pakistan ahead of us, what are the hidden dangers to your digits in the field?

Cricketers, like all sports, risk hand injuries- but  a solid cork ball bound by leather hurtling at you after being bludgeoned by batsmen like England’s Ben Stokes is unique in the sporting world!

Digits have a habit of being offered willingly by the fielder, overstretching oneself to perform a glorious diving catch.

If that’s not bad enough batsmen have to face bowlers, the likes of Pakistani fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar aka ‘Rawalpindi Express’, clocking up speeds of 100mph. Even if you’re wearing gloves, you’ll feel that impact in the morning.

Mr Shyamalan, a dedicated hand & wrist surgeon working from Spire Hospital in Little Aston explains: “By far the most injuries happen in the field and most to the finger tip joints. Ring and little fingers are most at risk with finger sprains and dislocations. Some fractures can be more severe and around 10% may require surgical intervention.”

What are the most common injuries and how should we treat our fingers if an injury should happen whilst on the sporting field?

  • Dislocations- many dislocations can be put back into place on the sports field. Take swelling and pain medications and if the direction of the finger is abnormal; or symptoms don’t improve in a few days go to a hand specialist for an xray
  • Tip of finger is dropped- known as mallet finger, a mallet splint is required to keep the finger straight
  • Unable to bend your finger tip- this could require urgent investigation as the tendons may have ruptured

For any hand or wrist injury, follow the PRICE guide to aid recovery:

  • Protection
  • Rest
  • Ice 
  • Compression
  • Elevation 

“Strapping the fingers together (buddy strapping) is advisable for most injuries rather than tight bandages. If the pain and swelling do not settle you’ll need an x-ray and to see a hand surgeon.”

Farveez Maharoof Sri-lanka saw Mr G Shyamalan Consultant Hand Surgeon after injuring his finger but was able to play the next day with a custom shaped splint on.

Best to have buddied fingers than butter fingers and keep playing the great game.

For an appointment with Mr Shyamalan please call 0121 580 7119.


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