When the Denver Nuggets’ Paul Millsap injured his left wrist during the November 19 game against the Los Angeles Lakers, the injury was originally assumed to be a sprain. Unfortunately, it is more serious than originally assumed. Millsap’s has a torn ligament in his wrist, which will require surgery. He may be out of the game for up to three months, putting Millsap’s potential return date at somewhere around mid-February or even the latter part of February. Unfortunately, Millsap’s absence from the court could have a negative impact on his team’s post-season chances.
Athletes of all levels, from people playing with their friends and family all the way to professional athletes like Millsap, can suffer a torn ligament in their wrist. This injury is often the result of a hard fall onto an outstretched wrist. This could happen in a contact sport, such as soccer, basketball, or football, when the player trips or is tripped. It could also be the result of excessive torque of the wrist in sports such as gymnastics, tennis, or golf. The injury may also be the result of the wearing down of the ligaments in the wrist over time, which will make the wrist more susceptible to an injury should the person fall or otherwise injure their wrist.
It is important to get treatment for a torn ligament as soon as possible. Even if you are unsure if you have torn a ligament, it is a good idea to visit a doctor right away to determine the seriousness of your injury. Your doctor can assess the extent of the damage by looking at the injured wrist. The doctor may also use x-rays or an MRI to determine the severity of the damage. While Millsap’s injury did require surgery, ligament tears can sometimes be treated nonsurgically by immobilizing the injured wrist in a splint for a few weeks. A hand and wrist specialist can help you determine the best course of action for your specific injury. Following your doctor’s orders will help you return to your favorite sport or sports sooner and healthier. Your doctor may also be able to provide you with advice to help you avoid reinjuring your wrist.