Hand Fractures

Orthopedic Center for Sports Medicine

Sports Medicine Physicians & Pulmonologist located in Metairie, LA

Hand fractures commonly occur because of falls, car accidents, and other types of trauma. At the Orthopedic Center for Sports Medicine in Metairie, Louisiana, orthopedic specialist Luis Espinoza, MD, and his team provide high-quality care for hand fractures, including splints, casts, and surgery. To receive treatment for a hand fracture, call the office or book online today.

Hand Fractures Q&A

What are hand fractures?

A hand fracture occurs when you break one (or several) of the 27 bones in your fingers, thumbs, or wrists. Anyone can experience a hand fracture, but they’re most common in active individuals and people who use hand tools for work. 

If you hurt your hand and suspect a fracture, contact the team at the Orthopedic Center for Sports Medicine immediately. Early intervention and treatment can ensure proper alignment and speed up your body's healing process. 

What are the symptoms of hand fractures?

The symptoms of hand fractures include:

  • Severe pain that worsens when you move your fingers
  • Swelling
  • Tenderness
  • Bruising
  • A crooked finger

You might also experience tingling or numbness in your hand or fingers, depending on the severity of the fracture.

When should I see a specialist about a hand fracture?

Make an appointment with the team at the Orthopedic Center for Sports Medicine if you injure your hand and develop numbness, tingling, or swelling in your wrist or fingers. That’s especially true if your symptoms don’t improve with at-home treatment, like ice, rest, or over-the-counter pain medication.

How are hand fractures diagnosed?

To diagnose hand fractures, the team at the Orthopedic Center for Sports Medicine reviews your medical records, asks about your symptoms, and completes an exam. 

They look at your hand, fingers, and wrist for bruising, swelling, or redness and press on your skin to identify sensitive areas. They also order X-rays, a CT scan, or an MRI to get a closer look at your bones and joints.

How are hand fractures treated?

Treatment of hand fractures depends on various factors, including your age, how many bones are broken, and the severity of your symptoms. If your bones are still in alignment, the team might prescribe immobilization with a cast or a splint. 

If you have multiple fractures and your bones aren’t aligned, surgery might be necessary. During fracture repair surgery, the team uses pins, plates, or screws to hold your bones together. Over time, your bones fuse, relieving pain and restoring your range of motion.

After your hand starts healing, you enroll in physical therapy. Physical therapy combines stretches and strengthening exercises to reduce inflammation, increase circulation, and improve your range of motion. 

To receive treatment for hand fractures, call the Orthopedic Center for Sports Medicine or book online today.