Take a moment to observe your hands. Now think about this. When combined, they contain a quarter of the bones in the human body. Additionally, any one of them can break. When one of them does, this is called a hand fracture. Pain can be instant, and when you experience hand fractures, you'll be fully aware. At this time, you should visit the Loredo Hand Care Institute immediately to discuss appropriate treatment options with Dr. Pedro Loredo. The methods used in our Branch, Richardson, and Grapevine, TX, offices could be surgical or non-surgical, but that will depend on the severity of the fracture.
Understanding the Signs of a Hand Fracture
Signs and symptoms of a hand fracture are apparent. These include loss of function in the harmed hand, tingling or numbness, a visible deformity, swelling and bruising, as well as a dull ache in the affected area. Hand fractures are divided into three categories that involve phalanges, scaphoids, and metacarpals. Each of these bones can fracture for several reasons, like attempting to break a fall, getting injured during physical activity, or a random accident.
When to Visit a Hand Specialist
In our Branch, Richardson, and Grapevine, TX, locations Dr. Pedro Loredo can properly diagnosis a fracture with x-rays and a physical examination. Treatment options he may suggest will depend on the patient, but often include over-the-counter or prescription medication in addition to a cast or splint. Severe cases may require open or closed reduction surgery to put the bone back into its correct place.
When mild or severe hand fractures are left untreated, this puts all bones inside at risk for infection. Your fingers are meant to stay on your hand for a lifetime, and Dr. Pedro Loredo does his best to ensure that they are all in good health. For more information about hand fractures, other conditions we treat, and services provided at the Loredo Hand Care Institute, visit our website. Please call (972) 939-4974 for appointment scheduling in our Branch, Richardson, and Grapevine, TX, offices.