Gymnast wrist is an overuse injury that is most common in young gymnasts. Frequent use of the wrist can cause inflammation of the growth plate in young children. Gymnasts are most at risk due to the nature of their activity and trying to advance in levels. The most common symptom is pain that is worsened by tumbling and impact activities. The child may also have some swelling and limited range of motion.
Patients are seen in the office for examination and x-rays are taken to rule out a fracture. Treatment starts with rest and taking time off from activities that make the pain worse. Patients are usually given a wrist splint or placed in a cast for a short period of time to help with pain control. This also helps to remind the child that they are taking time off.