Upper Extremity Injuries in Rock Climbers: Diagnosis and Management

  • Laura A. Sims
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    Corresponding author: Laura A. Sims, MD, FRCSC, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Centre, 104-311 Ludlow St, Saskatoon Saskatchewan, Canada, S7S 1N6.
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    University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Centre, Saskatoon Saskatchewan, Canada
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      Rock climbing places substantial stress on the upper extremities and can lead to unique injuries not common to other sports. With increasing popularity of the sport, hand surgeons are expected to see more patients with these pathologies. An understanding of the sport, accurate diagnoses, and appropriate treatment protocols are critical to maintain climbers’ competitive abilities.

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