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Hand Fracture


A hand fracture is a break in one of the bones in the hand. This includes the small bones of the fingers (phalanges) and the long bones within the palm (metacarpals). A broken hand can be caused by a fall, crush injury, twisting injury, or through direct contact in sports. In most cases, a hand fracture will heal well with nonsurgical treatment. Depending on the type and location of the fracture, this may include wearing a cast, splint or buddy straps for a period of time. For more serious fractures or for fractures that do not line up properly, however, surgery may be required to realign the broken pieces of bone.


Signs and Symptoms

  • Swelling.
  • Bruising.
  • Tenderness or pain.
  • Deformity.
  • Inability to move the finger.
  • Shortened finger.


Treatment Options

  • A cast or splint.
  • Closed reduction.
  • Surgical treatment.


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