Hand fractures include any breaks in your hand, including the small bones in your fingers or the long bones in the palm of your hand. Whether mild or severe, hand fractures affect your ability to use your hand. The skilled surgeons at Woodlands Hand To Shoulder Foot and Ankle Center in Shenandoah, Sugarland, and Humble, Texas, provide expert care for hand fractures. For management of your hand fracture, call the office nearest you or book an appointment online today.
Hand fractures may occur for many reasons, including a fall onto the hand, a crush or twisting injury, or impact from sports.
During a fall, you may break bones in your fingers, hands, or wrist. A boxer’s fracture is a common type of hand fracture that occurs when you hit something hard with a closed fist, fracturing your 5th metacarpal, the hand bone that supports your little finger.
Hand fracture symptoms vary and may depend on the location and severity of your fracture. It’s not unusual for people to wonder if they have a broken bone in their hand or a sprain or strain.
Signs and symptoms of a hand fracture include:
If you have hand pain, schedule an evaluation at Woodlands Hand To Shoulder Foot and Ankle Center.
Woodlands Hand To Shoulder Foot and Ankle Center specializes in hand injuries, and the team conducts a comprehensive exam when you come in with concerns about a hand fracture.
Your provider asks detailed questions about the injury and your symptoms. Then, they examine your hand and take X-rays to confirm a fracture and to determine the location and severity of your break.
Treatment for hand fractures depends on the type of break you have. When possible, the team takes a nonsurgical approach.
For any broken bones not properly aligned, your surgeon gently moves the bone into position — known as an open reduction — and places a cast to immobilize the bone so it can heal.
If you have a complex hand fracture, the team may perform surgery to realign your bones and use screws, pins, or plates to keep the bones in place. Then, they place your hand in a cast.
You may wear a cast for 3-6 weeks and go to physical therapy for hand strengthening exercises that help restore function.
If you suspect you have a hand fracture, call Woodlands Hand To Shoulder Foot and Ankle Center or schedule a consultation online today.