Hand Fracture: Orthopedic Carrollton

by Administrator 26. October 2015 05:12

Hand fracture refers to a crack or break in any of the several small bones of the fingers (phalanges) or the long bones (metacarpals). The fracture can occur in different locations of the hand such as on the knuckle, in the shaft, or at the base of the bone. The injury is more common among sports persons who perform repetitive hand/wrist movements.

Causes

  • Work related Injury
  • Trauma or Car accident
  • Direct contact in sports
  • Falling on the outstretched hand on the hard surface
  • Sudden twisting of hand
  • Repeated or overuse of hand
  • Osteoporosis or calcium deficiency increases the risk of fracture

Symptoms

  • Pain that worsens with the movement of hand
  • Inability to hold or grab anything
  • Bruising
  • Tenderness
  • Inability to move the hand
  • Swelling
  • Numbness
  • Deformity
  • Misalignment of fingers

Diagnosis

The physician conducts thorough physical examination to check the affected area for deformity, open wound, nerve damage, swelling or impaired blood flow. The doctor may recommend X-ray or other imaging tests such as CT scan or MRI to determine the extent of condition.

Treatment

The physician will align the broken bones properly to promote healing. The process of manipulating the pieces to join them together is called fracture reduction. Depending upon the severity of the fracture, the patient may be treated either non-surgically or surgically. The non-surgical treatment involves immobilizing the broken hand by using cast or a splint so that the bones can heal quickly. If the patient will not restrict the movement, the bones will not join rightly and it can lead to deformity.  The patient may be prescribed some pain relievers to offer relief from the pain.

Surgery may be required in case of an open fracture. In the procedure, the orthopedic surgeon will repair the multiple fractures or replace the displaced bones. He may have to implant plates, screws or wires to hold the broken bone pieces together and promote healing.

The patient needs to perform some stretching and strengthening exercises to restore the movement in wrist and hand.

For comprehensive diagnosis and treatment of hand or wrist fracture, consult Dr. Allmon. To schedule an appointment with the hand surgeon in Carrollton, call at (972) 492 – 1334 or visit 4780 N Josey Lane, Carrollton, TX 75010.

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