Are you worried that trauma or an injury has left you with a broken or fractured hand? When dealing with a fractured hand, you may also notice limited mobility and functionality in the wrists and fingers, as well. If you suspect that you may have a hand fracture the team at Loredo Hand Care Institute can help.
While athletes may be more likely to develop fractures, anyone can develop a fracture in their hands and fingers, from children and teens to adults and seniors. Since bone density also decreases as we age, older individuals are also at an increased risk for developing fractures.
A broken hand occurs when there is significant force or pressure placed on one or more bones of the hand. As a result of injury, you may immediately notice pain, stiffness, bruising, difficulty moving the hand or a visible deformity. In order to diagnose a fracture, the medical team at Loredo Hand Care Institute will need to perform a physical exam and run x-rays to check the type of fracture and the extent of the damage.
While minor fractures may heal on their own with rest and home care it’s also important to recognize when you should seek medical treatment. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms above it’s best to play it safe and call our office for an immediate appointment.
A splint or cast may be utilized to help stabilize a fracture. With unstable fractures, in which certain parts of the bone have shifted, out of place our hand surgeon may need to set the bone and place pins to hold it in place. More serious fractures may require surgery in order to set and hold the bones in place while they heal. Our goal is to restore functionality and strength back into the hand as quickly and efficiently as possible.