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Leg Stress Fracture, Tibia
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Shoulder-Blade (Scapula) Contusion
Shoulder-Blade Fracture, Acromion
Shoulder-Blade (Scapula) Fracture, Coracoid Process
Shoulder-Blade (Scapula) Fracture, Glenoid Fossa
Shoulder-Blade (Scapula) Fracture, Neck
Shoulder-Blade (Scapula) Strain
Shoulder Bursitis, Gleno-Humeral
Shoulder Bursitis, Subacromial
Shoulder Contusion
Shoulder Dislocation
Shoulder Sprain, Acromio-Clavicular
Shoulder Sprain, Gleno-Humeral
Shoulder Strain
Shoulder Tendinitis & Tenosynovitis
Skin Abrasion
Skin Laceration
Skin Puncture Wound
Spine Fracture, Lower Thoracic & Lumber Region
Spine Fracture, Sacrum
Spine Fracture, Tailbone
Spine Stress-Fracture, Neck or Back
Spleen Rupture
Thigh-Bone Fracture
Thigh Contusion
Thigh Hematoma
Thigh Injury, Hamstring
Thigh Strain, Quadriceps
Thigh Strain
Thumb Fracture
Thumb Sprain
Toe Dislocation
Toe Exostosis
Toe Fracture
Tooth Injury & loss
Wrist Contusion
Wrist Dislocation, Lunate
Wrist Dislocation, Radius or Ulna
Wrist Ganglion
Wrist Sprain
Wrist Strain
Wrist Tenosynovitis

Wrist Ganglion

A small, usually hard nodule lying directly over a tendon or a joint capsule on the back or front of the wrist. Occasionally the nodule may become quite large. Wrist ganglions are quite common.

Body Parts Involved

  • Back or front of the wrist.
  • Tendon sheath (a thin membranous covering to any tendon).
  • Any of the joint spaces in the wrist.


  • Mild sprains and chronic sprains of the wrist, causing weakness of the joint capsule.
  • A defect in the fibrous sheath of the joint or tendon that permits a segment of underlying synovium (thin membrane that lines the tendon sheath) to herniate through it.
  • Irritation accompanying the herniated synovium, causing continued secretion of fluid. The sac gradually fills, enlarges, and become hard, forming the ganglion.

Signs & Symptoms

  • Hard lump over a tendon or joint capsule in the wrist. The nodule "yields" to heavy pressure because it is not solid.
  • No pain usually, but overuse of the wrist may cause mild pain and aching.
  • Tenderness if the lump is pressed hard.
  • Discomfort with extremes of motion (flexing or extending) and with repetition of the exercise that produced the ganglion.


Note:- Follow your doctor's instructions. These instructions are supplemental.

First Aid

None.This condition develops gradually.

Continuing Care

Immediately after surgery:

  • The affected area is usually immobilized in a splint for 1 to 2 weeks following surgery.
  • If the wound bleeds during the first 24 hours after surgery, press a clean tissue or cloth to it for 10 minutes.
  • A hard ridge should form along the incision. As it heals, the ridge will recede gradually.
  • Use an electric heating pad, a heat lamp, or a warm compress to relieve incisional pain.
  • Bathe and shower as usual. You may wash the incision gently with mild unscented soap.
  • Between baths, keep the wound dry with a bandage for the first 2 or 3 days after surgery. If a bandage gets wet, change it promptly.
  • Apply non-prescription antibiotic ointment to the wound before applying new bandages.
  • Wrap the hand with an elasticized bandage until healing is complete.

After the incision has healed:

  • Use ice massage. Fill a large Styrofoam cup with water and freeze. Tear a small amount of foam from the top so ice protrudes. Massage firmly over the injured area in a circle about the size of a baseball. Do this for 15 minutes at a time, 3 or 4 times a day, and before workouts or competition.
  • You may apply heat instead of ice if it feels better. Use heat lamps, hot soaks, hot showers, heating pads, or heat liniments and ointments.
  • Take whirlpool treatments, if available.


  • Your doctor may prescribe pain relievers. Don't take prescription pain medication longer than 4 to 7 days. Use only as much as you need.
  • You may use non-prescription drugs such as acetaminophen for minor pain.

Home Diet

During recovery, eat a well-balanced diet that includes extra protein, such as meat, fish, poultry, cheese, milk and eggs. Increase fiber and fluid intake to prevent constipation that may result from decreased activity.

Diagnostic Measures

  • Your own observation of signs and symptoms.
  • Medical history and physical examination by a doctor.
  • X-rays of the area to rule out a bone tumor or unhealed bone fracture.
Prevention Tips
  • Participate in a long-term strengthening and conditioning program appropriate for sport.
  • Warm up before practice or competition.

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