Orthopedic Treatment For Hand Fractures

by Administrator 21. April 2015 11:39

A severe or forceful blow to the hand can cause a hand fracture. The hand has multiple small and large joints that allow the hand to bend, straighten, rotate and move side-by-side. If a hand fracture is not treated on time, it can lead to temporary and permanent disability.

Causes

  • Falling on an outstretched hand
  • Forceful injury
  • Fall from height
  • Collision or car accident
  • Osteoporosis
  • Injury during sports or work related injuries
  • Stress fractures that occurs due to repeated overuse

Symptoms

  • Pain that worsens when you move the hand
  • Tenderness
  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Inability to hold or grab objects
  • Abnormal bump or any deformity
  • Numbness
  • Weakness
  • Bone that moves out of place

Diagnosis

During physical examination, the orthopedic surgeon checks the injury to confirm a fracture. He carefully examines the symptoms, looks for any signs of damages to nerves, blood vessels and tendons. The doctor may also ask about the patients medical history and prescribe imaging tests such as X-ray, CT scan, MRI, or bone scan to identify any bone and tissue injuries in the hand.

Treatment

The orthopedic surgeon devises the treatment plan depending on the extent and nature of the injury. If the injury is not severe, then the doctor may recommend non-surgical treatment of the Hand Fracture. This may involve using braces, cast or a splint to stabilize the hand and limit the motion of the hand. The surgeon may strap or tape the fracture fingers to the finger next to it, as this will decrease stiffness and limit motion. In order to reduce pain and swelling, the doctor often prescribes certain non-steroidal anti-inflammation medicines and antibiotics.

However if the injury is severe and non surgical methods fail to provide relief, surgery may be recommended. Post surgery the surgeon may prescribe physiotherapy to strengthen your hand with the help of stretching and strengthening exercises.

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