What is Hand Fracture Specialist?
According to our hand fracture specialist, hand fractures are common. A hand fracture occurs when one of the small bones of the hand is broken. There are several small bones that together make up the supporting framework of the hand. Fractures of the hand can occur in either the small bones of the fingers (phalanges) or the long bones (metacarpals).
Symptoms of Hand Fracture
How our hand fracture specialist suspect hand fracture? Signs and symptoms of a broken bone in the hand include:
- Inability to move the finger
- Shortened finger
- Finger crosses over its neighbour when making a partial fist
- Depressed knuckle: A depressed knuckle is often seen in a “boxer’s fracture.” This is a fracture of the fifth metacarpal, the long bone below the little finger.
Causes of Hand Fracture
Hand Injuries are caused by workplace injuries, improper use of tools, blunt trauma to the had (punching or striking injuries) crush injuries, falls, and sports injuries. A common cause for hand fracture is punching a solid object, such as a wall, with a closed fist. The vast majority of hand injuries can be prevented.
How’s Hand Fracture Diagnosed by our hand fracture specialist?
Hand fracture specialist Treatment for Hand Fracture
If the broken ends of the bone aren’t aligned properly, our hand fracture specialist will need to manipulate the pieces back into their proper positions — a process called fracture reduction. Depending on the amount of pain and swelling you have, you may need a muscle relaxant, a sedative or even a general anesthetic before this procedure.
Restricting the movement of a broken bone in your wrist or hand is critical to proper healing. To do this, you may need a splint or a cast.
To reduce pain and inflammation, Dr Yip may recommend anti-inflammatory medication and pain relieve medication.
After your cast or splint is removed, you’ll likely need rehabilitation exercises or physical therapy to reduce stiffness and restore movement in your wrist and hand. Rehabilitation can help, but it may take up to several months — or even longer — for complete healing of severe injuries.
Surgical and other procedures
Immobilization heals most broken bones. However, you may need surgery to implant internal fixation devices, such as plates, rods or screws, or bone grafts to maintain proper position of your bones during healing. These internal fixation devices may be necessary if you have the following injuries:
- Multiple fractures
- An unstable or displaced fracture
- Loose bone fragments that could enter a joint
- Damage to the surrounding ligaments
- Fractures that extend into a joint
- A fracture that is the result of a crushing accident
In some cases, the surgeon may immobilize your fracture by using an external fixation device. This consists of a metal frame with two or more pins that go through your skin and into the bone on either side of the fracture.
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