Treatment for Your Hand Fracture

You may not realize just how much you use your hands until you experience an injury like a hand fracture. And given that the hand contains 27 bones, it’s not uncommon to damage more than one simultaneously. Thankfully, proper treatment can get you on the road to full healing when you have a hand fracture.

Our expert team at Northland Orthopedics & Sports Medicine in Kansas City, Missouri, is well equipped to help you get the treatment you need for broken bones in your hand. Read on to learn more about these injuries and how they’re treated. 

Hand fracture causes

Most anyone can develop a hand fracture, but certain factors increase your risk. If you participate in contact sports, such as hockey or football, you could be more prone to such an injury. Hand fractures can also derive from car accidents, which may go beyond causing a single fracture and crush multiple bones. Having weak bones due to osteoporosis also raises your risk of a hand fracture.

The importance of prompt treatment

Some hand fractures seem relatively mild, causing little pain or obvious injury early on. Even in those cases, however, you’ll want to seek medical counsel. Hand fractures need to be addressed quickly, or they may not heal in a properly aligned way. This can lead to long-term issues with mobility and interfere with everyday tasks, such as zipping a jacket, buttoning a blouse, or typing. Seeking treatment promptly after a hand injury can also help keep pain and stiffness to a minimum.

Hand fracture treatment

Treatment for your hand fracture will be customized to your specific needs, based on factors such as the severity of the injury and your overall health. Our team at Northland Orthopedics & Sports Medicine will take X-rays before your provider decides on your treatment plan. If your fracture is stable, meaning the broken ends of the bone are still aligned properly, you might only require a brace or cast to keep it immobilized while it heals.

If the ends of the bone at the fracture point aren’t lined up right, your provider might be able to fix that with a manipulation technique known as reduction. In some cases, reduction prevents the need for surgery. If you have a severe hand fracture, you might need surgery, during which pins, rods, plates, or screws may be put in place. You might also need a bone graft for sufficient healing.

In addition to one of these treatments, you’ll likely benefit from an approved pain-relieving medication. As your bones heal, physical therapy can help you regain full strength and function of your hand.

To learn more about hand fracture treatment or get started, call Northland Orthopedic & Sports Medicine or request a virtual appointment on our website.

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