Each of your hands contains more than 20 bones that all work together, enabling you to perform countless activities on a daily basis. When a traumatic injury involving the hands or fingers occurs, any of these bones is susceptible to breaking, leading to severe pain and impaired movement.
At Mirza Orthopedics on Long Island, we provide compassionate care and expertise in dealing with all types of hand fractures. Whether your break can be treated with nonsurgical options or requires surgery due to its complexity, Dr. Ather Mirza and Dr. Justin Mirza will tailor a treatment plan for your needs. We are dedicated to getting you back to your active life with better results and less downtime. If you have a fractured or broken hand, book an appointment today by filling out the form on this page.
What causes hand fractures and breaks?
Hand fractures and broken bones can be caused by any injury that involves a direct blow to the hand, but they most often result from falling on an outstretched arm, sometimes in an attempt to catch one’s self during a fall. Hand fractures in healthy bones are more likely to result from direct trauma, such as a sports-related injury or car accident, whereas bones with osteoporosis can suffer from a hand fracture or break more easily (e.g. a fall from a standing position).
You may be more likely to experience a hand fracture or broken bone if:
- You are over the age of 60
- You have osteoporosis
- You participate in sports or activities where falls or trauma to the hand are common, such as skiing, basketball, football, ice hockey, rugby, and bike riding
What are the symptoms of a hand fracture or break?
If you have suffered a hand fracture or broken bone, you will likely experience:
- Immediate pain in the hand
- Pain that gets worse with movement, particularly any gripping or squeezing motions
- Tenderness in the hand
- Swelling and bruising
- Visible deformity in the hand, including fingers or a wrist that hangs in a bent or out-of-place position
- Limited range of motion or inability to move the hand or fingers
- Numbness in the hand
In cases where your symptoms are focused in the wrist, not far from the base of the palm, you may have experienced a distal radius fracture.
What does treatment for a fractured or broken hand entail?
Most cases of hand fractures can be effectively treated without surgery, so long as it is not a compound fracture or fracture where the bone fragments have shifted out of position.
Nonsurgical treatments for a broken or fractured hands commonly include:
- Closed reduction by an orthopedic specialist for repositioning the broken bones back into their proper positions
- Immobilizing the hand with a plaster cast or splint
- Taking anti-inflammatory medications
- Completing a physical therapy or rehabilitation program to restore strength and range of motion to the hand
In some cases of hand fractures, a patient may need to undergo surgery in order to reposition the broken bones and hold them in the proper place during healing
If you’ve suffered from a hand or finger fracture, Mirza Orthopedics is here for you. We specialize in helping patients with fractured and broken hands, providing compassionate care and expertise. If you believe you may have experienced a break in the hand, contact our office as soon as possible to schedule an appointment.