The hand is made up of a complex framework of very small bones. A hand fracture occurs when a small breakage happens in one of these bones. When a hand fracture occurs, it can prevent you from having full mobility of your hands, wrist, and fingers.
A broken hand and a hand fracture are two names for the same thing. There are a few different kinds of fractures, and they include:
- Stable fractures: the bone pieces remain in place
- Unstable fractures: the bone pieces shift
- Comminuted fractures: the bone breaks into many small pieces
- Compound fractures: the bone breaks through the skin
In any of these cases, an orthopedic hand specialist should assess the fracture and discuss your treatment options so you can regain movement of your hand.
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Hand fractures are painful, and the complex nature of their bone structure can mean it’s difficult to move your hand. It may feel stiff or even immobile. You may have difficulty moving your wrist or fingers, as well. Finally, in severe cases, you may see visible deformity of your hand, wrist, or fingers.
Any kind of strong force can cause a hand fracture. One of the most common ways to break a hand includes falling and trying to catch yourself. However, automobile accidents and sports incidents are also common ways to break a hand.
Your first step in treatment is diagnosing the type and location of the fracture. This typically includes an x-ray or other medical scan. From there, your orthopedic hand surgeon will assess the fracture and recommend treatment. Typically, a cast or splint can be used to support a stable fracture while it heals on its own. More serious fractures like unstable fractures may need to be set with surgery or an in-office procedure so it can be held in place with pins or screws. The most severe fractures where the bone has been completely crushed may require bone grafts to help repair the hand.
It’s normal to experience stiffness and soreness as your hand heals. You may also notice a small bump that forms, and it typically goes away with time. Your orthopedic hand specialist will monitor your progress and make sure your fracture heals as it should. Keep in mind that, because of the complex nature of the hand, you may not recover full mobility without physical therapy and additional treatment. Our team can ensure you know what to expect during your recovery and how to achieve best results from your treatment.
Hand fractures can be painful, but our team is here to help. To meet with our team, contact our Fresno, CA office by calling or filling out our online form.
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Randi A. Galli, MD, FACS
Dr. Randi Galli is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgeons and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. A member of Alpha Omega Alpha, the medical honor society that comprises the top ten percent of medical students, Dr. Galli received his Medical Degree from Tulane University School…Learn More
Ricardo Avena, MD, FACS
Dr. Ricardo Avena is board certified by the American Board of Surgery and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Born and raised in Mexico City, Dr. Avena attended medical school at the National Autonomous University of Mexico. Upon graduation, Dr. Avena received his certification from the Educational…Learn More