The hand is composed of 27 bones, each of which provides an anchor point for muscles, tendons, and nerves in the hand. Often caused by a traumatic blow, a hand fracture may involve a partial or complete break of any one of these bones. While the majority of hand fractures can be treated without surgery, a broken bone always carries the risk of damaging adjacent structures . To ensure the highest quality of care for a hand fracture, it is critical to consult an experienced hand doctor immediately after sustaining an injury.
At the Hand Surgery Center of Excellence, our highly skilled hand surgeons take pride i n offering comprehensive, patient-centered care with consistently exceptional results. When surgery is the best option for a hand or finger injury, we utilize the most advanced surgical techniques to provide patients with unparalleled outcomes.
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Diagnosing a Hand Fracture
The symptoms of a hand fracture can vary widely among individuals and depend on the nature and severity of the break. In general, a bone break in the hand or finger may cause the following symptoms:
- Depressed knuckle
- Bump on the back of the hand
- Decreased mobility of the hand
Diagnostic imaging, including X-ray, CT, and MRI, is the most conclusive technique used to locate and confirm a broken bone in the hand, as well as to examine the extent of damage to other structures in the hand. Once our surgeons have diagnosed a bone fracture, they can develop the most effective treatment plan.
Non-Surgical Treatment of Hand Fractures
Mild hand fractures, in which the damaged bone remains closely aligned within the hand, usually do not require surgery. Instead, a cast or splint may be used to immobilize the hand and fingers for a period of 6-8 weeks. Once the splint has been removed, hand therapy should be started to promote further healing and restore function to the hand.
Hand Fracture Repair Surgery
For more severe injuries, surgery will be required to realign the bones and to minimize soft tissue or nerve damage. Crushing injuries, multiple fractures with severe misalignment, and fractures in which the bone breaks the skin often require surgery. At the Hand Surgery Center of Excellence, our surgeons are able to perform many cases of fracture repair on an outpatient basis.
The method of fracture repair surgery depends on the location and pattern of the break. For finger fractures, pins may be inserted to hold the bone in place for a period of 4-6 weeks, or until the bone has fully healed. In most cases, the fragments of bone must be held together with wires, screws, and plates. These implants may be left in place once the bone has healed for increased stability. After hand surgery, physical therapy will be needed to help prevent joint stiffness and to restore function and mobility to the hand.
Contact a Los Angeles Hand Doctor
The Hand Surgery Center of Excellence offers renowned orthopedic and plastic surgeons specializing in the comprehensive treatment of hand conditions. If you have any questions or are experiencing symptoms of a hand fracture, contact our hand surgeons in Los Angeles by calling (888) 529-1873 or through the appointment scheduling form on our website.
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