Trauma to the hand can result in fractures of the metacarpal (hand bone) or phalanx (finger bone). When the bone fractures, the supporting frame for the finger is lost, causing shortening, angulation, or rotational deformity of the hand or finger. This can prevent you from using your hand or finger. There are many variations of fractures that can occur such as a displaced fracture, stable fracture, comminuted fracture, or an open/compound fracture.
The symptoms of a fractured (broken) hand may include swelling and pain, stiffness, difficulty moving the hand, wrist or fingers, or a possible deformity of the hand.
Medical evaluation by a physician and x-rays are usually needed to properly diagnose a fracture and determine the best course of treatment. Depending on the type of fracture, Dr. Tirre will recommend the appropriate treatment plan. In some cases, patients may even have the option for a non-surgical method of treatment. Sometimes, a splint or cast may be used to treat a stable fracture. You will wear this for approximately 6-8 weeks, and then we will re-take x-rays to determine healing.
More serious or displaced fractures will require surgery to set the bone and hold the bone fragments together using plates, screws, or pins. Bone grafts may also be used in those cases where a bone is severely crushed or missing. Most hand fractures can be repaired as an outpatient in the hospital. Patients will typically need hand therapy following surgery, and a certified hand therapist will assist in the recovery treatment plan.
Dr. Tirre will review your x-rays and discuss your treatment options with you at the time of your appointment. We will also review any hand therapy needs that you may need. Call 808-747-8321 or reach us online for an appointment.