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Hand Fractures

All American Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Institute

Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeons located in Clear Lake, Houston, TX

Your hands are one of the most complex parts of your body and one of the most common places for injuries like fractures. The board-certified orthopedic surgeons at All American Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Institute in Houston, Texas, understand the complexity of the hand and specialize in treating hand fractures. To schedule a consultation, call or book an appointment online today.

Hand Fractures Q & A

What are hand fractures?

Hand fractures are breaks in any of the bones in the hand, including the bones in your fingers (phalanges) and in the palm of your hand (metacarpals). 

A bad fall, crush injury, or direct impact when playing sports can lead to a hand fracture.

Though hand fractures may affect any bones in your hand, the most common hand fracture is a break in the fifth metacarpal, which supports the little finger. 

This type of fracture is called a “boxer’s fracture” and it’s a break at the neck of the bone near the knuckle. You may fracture this part of your hand after punching a hard object. 

What are the symptoms of hand fractures?

Hand fracture symptoms vary depending on the location of the break and the severity of the fracture. Common symptoms that may indicate you have a hand fracture include:

  • Sudden pain and tenderness
  • Swelling and inflammation
  • Noticeable deformity
  • Limited use of your hand
  • Bruising

A fractured finger may also abnormally cross over your other fingers or appear shorter than normal. 

The board-certified orthopedic surgeons at All American Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Institute are experts in evaluating and treating hand fractures and can provide the care you need.

What happens during an evaluation for hand fractures?

You can expect a patient-focused exam when you come in for a hand fracture evaluation at All American Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Institute. The team asks detailed questions about your injury, including how it happened and your current symptoms.

They review your medical history and evaluate your hand. To determine the severity of your hand fracture, the orthopedic physicians request diagnostic imaging such as X-rays, MRIs, or CT scans. 

How are hand fractures treated?

The team at All American Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Institute customizes treatment plans for hand fractures based on the location and severity of the break. 

When possible, they take a conservative approach and manually align your bones and stabilize them with a cast to ensure proper healing. If you have a complex fracture, they may perform surgery to realign and secure your bone fracture with screws, pins, or metal plates and then place a cast for healing. 

Depending on your fracture, you may need to wear a cast for 3-6 weeks. The team schedules regular follow-up appointments to monitor the healing of your bones and adjust your treatment plan as needed.

Hand fractures are common and require specialized care. Call All American Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Institute or book an appointment online today.