A hand fracture is a break or crack in one of the bones of the hand. The most common causes of hand fractures include a direct blow or a crushing injury. You may have an increased risk of experiencing a fracture of the hand if you play certain sports such as football, soccer, or hockey, or if you have osteoporosis, a condition that weakens the bones.
Common symptoms of a fracture of the hand include:
- Severe pain that may worsen when moving your hand
- Deformity, such as a crooked finger
If you believe that you may have fractured a bone in your hand or wrist, seek out medical advice right away. Your doctor will perform the necessary diagnostic tests in order to determine if treatment is needed. For more information regarding treatment in the Grand Rapids, MI area, contact our office today.
In order to diagnose a hand fracture, your doctor may have you undergo a physical exam and an X-ray. If it is found that a fracture is present, there are a number of treatment options that may be recommended. This includes:
You may be advised to restrict the movement of the broken bone in order to allow it to heal properly. This will involve the use of a splint or cast to keep the bone in place. You will also be told to keep your hand above heart level as much as you can to prevent swelling.
In order to reduce discomfort while you heal, your doctor may recommend an over-the-counter (OTC) pain reliever. You may also be prescribed an opioid medication if your pain is severe.
Some individuals may require physical therapy or rehabilitation in order to improve the movement in their hand once their cast is removed.
In some cases, surgery to implant plates, pins, rods, or screws to hold the bones in place while they heal may be necessary. A bone graft may also be used to help improve healing.
Recovery from your hand fracture may vary depending on the severity of the fracture and which part of the hand and/or wrist was affected. Following surgery, patients may need to wear a cast to recover, which can take up to six weeks. Our team will provide you with specific aftercare instructions to help ensure a quick and full recovery.
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