Broken Hand

Las Vegas’ Orthopedic Hand Specialists

A broken or fractured hand refers to an injury in which one or more of the bones in the hand are cracked, fractured, or broken. The hand is composed of multiple small bones, including the metacarpal bones (the long bones that make up the palm) and the phalanges (the bones of the fingers). Fractures in the hand can range in severity from small cracks to complete breaks, and they can occur in any of these bones.

Hand fractures can result from a variety of causes, including direct impact to the hand, falls, crush injuries, and sports-related accidents. Fractures in the hand can vary in complexity, from simple fractures that do not cause significant displacement of the bones to more complex fractures that involve multiple bones or joint surfaces.

Symptoms of a broken or fractured hand may include:

  • Pain, swelling, and tenderness at the site of the fracture.
  • Bruising and discoloration around the affected area.
  • Deformity or misalignment of the hand or fingers.
  • Difficulty moving the hand or fingers.
  • Inability to grip or hold objects properly.
  • Bone protruding through the skin (open fracture), in more severe cases.

Diagnosing a broken or fractured hand typically involves a physical examination, review of medical history, and imaging tests such as X-rays. X-rays help determine the location and extent of the fracture, as well as whether any bones are displaced or misaligned.

Treatment for a broken or fractured hand depends on the type and location of the fracture. Treatment options can include:

  • Immobilization: For simple fractures that are not displaced, the hand might be placed in a splint or cast to provide support and protect the bones while they heal.
  • Reduction: In cases where the bones are misaligned, a healthcare provider might need to perform a reduction procedure to manually realign the bones.
  • Casting or Surgery: Depending on the severity and complexity of the fracture, casting or surgical intervention might be necessary to ensure proper healing.
  • Pain Management: Over-the-counter pain relievers or prescription medications might be recommended to manage pain and discomfort.

Recovery time for a broken or fractured hand varies depending on the type of fracture and the individual’s overall health. Proper medical evaluation and treatment are important to ensure the bones heal correctly and to prevent complications such as malunion or impaired hand function.

If you suspect you have a broken or fractured hand, seeking medical attention is advised for an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment plan tailored to your specific condition.

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