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Wrist injury in table tennis can lead to wrist arthritis

Ping Pong racket and netInjury to wrist joints can lead to post traumatic wrist arthritis. According to the International Journal of Table Tennis Sciences, the most common areas of injury in table tennis players are the lower back, knee joint, wrist joint, shoulder joint, and ankle joint. These types of injuries can be avoided by keeping training sessions short and using the proper technique.

Post traumatic arthritis can develop after an injury, such as a broken wrist bone or a torn ligament, if the injury is untreated or under treated. As a result, there could be damage to the cartilage or a delayed wearing of the cartilage due to a change in the way bones move together.  According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, “post traumatic arthritis can develop over many years from the initial injury. Despite proper treatment, an injured joint is more likely to become arthritic over time.”

Paul Karabardak, a British Paralympic Table Tennis player, developed wrist arthritis while training for the 2008 Beijing Paralympics. He experienced symptoms of wrist arthritis, including swelling, stiffness, weakness, pain, and instability in the areas around his wrist. Wrist arthritis makes gripping or turning motions difficult for someone living with the disease.

To manage the day to day pain, people living with wrist arthritis can use a wrist support to stabilize the wrist and relief stress on this area. They can also do grip strengthening exercises and use hand therapy balls to improve grip and dexterity in the hands. Treatment therapy include physiotherapy, applying cold to reduce swelling and aches, using anti-inflammatory gel or taking non-steroid anti-inflammatory drugs for pain and flare ups.