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The hand and wrist consist of many different bones, muscles and ligaments that enable a wide range of movements. Any injury to the hand and, or wrist, such as a fracture of the bone, can severely limit function and movement. This can negatively impact all areas of your life.
The wrist is formed by the radius and the ulna, the two forearm bones; and the eight carpal bones. Whereas the bones in the hand include the phalanges (the small bones forming the thumb and fingers) and the metacarpals (the five bones located in the palm of the hand).
The most common hand and wrist fractures include:
Some people don’t realise that they’ve broken a bone in their hand or wrist. This is often the case when the scaphoid bone is cracked and there is no obvious deformity in the wrist and very little swelling.
These signs and symptoms can however help you identify a possible fractured hand and wrist:
It is important to seek medical attention if you suspect that you may have fractured your hand and wrist. Book an appointment with one of our physicians at your nearest Advanced Dermatology surgery in NY.
Your physician will conduct a physical exam to determine the extent of the injury to your hand and wrist. In addition, X-rays may be done to see the exact location of the fracture and severity thereof. An MRI or CT scan may also be ordered to learn more about the soft tissue around the bone and the displacement of the bones.
These tests will aid your physician in treatment planning and options.
There are various ways to treat a fractured wrist or hand. These include:
The recovery period will vary depending on the type of treatment and your physician and surgeon will discuss this with you in detail during consultation.
Where surgery is required to treat a hand and wrist fracture it is important to note that all surgeries come with certain risks and complications. These may include:
It is therefore important to follow your doctor’s instructions with the utmost care to ensure optimum healing during your recovery.
We offer a diverse range of medical services and treatment options for hand and wrist fractures. Contact us today to schedule an appointment at a surgery nearest to you.