If you’re experiencing pain that worsens when you attempt to grip, squeeze, or move your hand, you may have a broken hand.
A hand fracture is a break in one or more of the bones in your hand. It’s possible to fracture one of the smaller bones within your fingers, known as phalanges, or to fracture one of the larger, longer bones that are located within your palm, known as metacarpals. Symptoms of a fractured hand may also include swelling, bruising, and a deformed appearance of your hand.
A broken hand can be caused by a fall, crush injury, twisting injury, or through direct contact in sports.
As soon as the injury has occurred, apply ice wrapped in a towel to the injured area to decrease pain and reduce swelling. It is important to seek treatment for a broken hand as soon as possible in order to increase the probability of the bones in your hand healing properly. Early treatment will also help minimize pain and stiffness and ensure that you once again have good range of motion when your fracture heals.
In many cases, a hand fracture will heal well with nonsurgical treatment. With more serious hand fractures in which the broken bone or bones do not line up properly, surgery may be required to realign them.
Signature Medical Group’s practitioners are board-certified orthopedic surgeons whose expertise, experience, and leadership in their profession translate into exceptional medical care and treatment for you.
Do you live in St. Louis or Kansas City and suspect that you or your loved one may have broken their hand? Make an appointment for an evaluation with one of our board-certified orthopedic specialists today!