Hand fractures are common injuries treated by orthopedic surgeons. They are treated either with immobilization or surgery. The most common causes of fracture in the hands are falls, other impacts (striking or punching), sports, and car accidents.
If you think you have a hand fracture, a thorough history and examination should be performed by an orthopedic specialist. Our Walk-In Anytime Ortho Orthopedic Urgent Care Clinic is a convenient affordable way to get accurate diagnosis and treatment without having to go through the hassle of a hospital emergency room.
Hand fractures are diagnosed using x-ray. X-rays are important to determine the severity and position of the fracture; whether it is displaced or nondisplaced, whether it is angulated, or straight.
The several treatment options for hand fractures will be discussed between the patient and the hand specialist. The best treatment depends on factors such as fracture type and patient age.
Any cast or splint applied during surgery for repair of a fracture should be kept in place until the first follow visit. X-rays are taken at each office visit to monitor the position of the fracture and hardware and to monitor the healing of the bones. Therapy may be recommended to help to regain range of motion of the wrist and hand.
**Disclaimer: Treatment recommendations may vary depending on your true diagnosis. Always follow the recommendations of your orthopedic provider.