What is a Hand Fracture?
Hand fractures can occur in the small (phalanges) or long (metacarpals) bones of the fingers, and are typically the result of a crush or twisting injury, fall, or strong, direct impact. There can be pain, swelling, tenderness, stiffness, or an inability to move the affected fingers, hand, and/or wrist, depressed knuckle, and even deformity (of the fingers affected) involved.
Your doctor will first perform an examination to obtain a basic understanding of the condition of your fingers and hand, including range of motion tests. X-rays are then taken to obtain additional information about the location of the fracture(s).
Types of Fractures
There are different types of fractures which determine the severity of the injury, such as:
- Stable: where the bones are still aligned;
- Unstable: where the bone fragments have been displaced or shifted;
- Comminuted: where the bone(s) have been shattered; or
- Open (or compound): where the bone has broken through the skin.
Treatment, Rehabilitation, and Recovery
Hand fractures can typically be treated without surgery by the use of a splint, cast, or fracture-brace for three to six weeks, extending from the fingers to the elbow in order to hold the bones in place. If the fracture is unstable, the bone will first need to be set and held in place with pins or wires. Follow-up x-rays are also typically necessary in order to assess whether and how the bones have healed in place.
However, any hand fractures that involve bone(s) breaking through the skin, and sometimes when the bone has shattered into many pieces, can require surgery and the use of screws, plates, or wires in order to hold the fractured bones in place. It is crucial that the bone does not change position while healing, or you can lose some function in the affected finger(s), and a bone graft may be necessary in cases where the bone is missing or cannot be repaired.
Your doctor will often instruct you to engage in rehabilitative exercises around three weeks after your cast has been put on. Most people are eventually able to regain full use and motion of the hand and fingers, even if the affected finger(s) are slightly shorter in length as a result of the injury. Physical therapy can also help restore strength and range of motion in the event of joint stiffness.
Some of the issues that can develop during the healing process include:
- A fracture callus;
- Problems with healing; and/or
- Shifting of the bone(s).
Our Experienced Massachusetts Injury Attorneys are Here to Help You. Free consultation. No obligation. No fee unless we recover for you.
If you have suffered from a hand fracture, or any other injury due to someone elses’ carelessness or actions, we are just a phone call away. Contact our law offices to for a free consultation and find out how we can help.
For your free, no-obligation case review and consultation call our law firm today at (508) 588-0422 and you will have taken your first step towards getting fair compensation for your injuries or for the loss of a loved one. You can also click here to use our Free Case Evaluation Form.
We offer a free, no-obligation legal consultation to help you understand your rights and the value of your case.
Our personal injury trial lawyers handle all types of accident claims including those involving hand accidents involving a fractured hand, broken finger or injured tendons and ligaments, throughout all of Massachusetts including, but not limited to, those in the following counties, cities and towns: Plymouth County including Brockton, Plymouth, Bridgewater, Marshfield, Hingham, Duxbury, Wareham, Abington, Rockland, Whitman, Hanson, Holbrook, Middleborough; Norfolk County including Quincy, Stoughton, Dedham, Weymouth, Braintree, Avon, Holbrook, Randolph, Canton, Sharon, Brookline, Franklin; Bristol County including New Bedford, Fall River, Taunton, Attleboro, Mansfield, Easton, Raynham, Lakeville, Norton; Cape Cod, Falmouth, Barnstable and the Greater Boston area including Cambridge, Somerville, Medford, Everett, Lynn, Revere, Dorchester, Roxbury.
Lower leg fractures occur when the tibia or fibula bone is broken. The tibia, or shinbone, is a weight bearing-bone that helps supports our body weigh...
Scapula fractures represent less than one percent of all fracture injuries. That is because a great amount of force is usually required in order to ca...
It might feel like there is only one bone in the forearm but there is two. The ulna and radius bones make up the forearm. The ulna and radius bones st...
The most visible symptom of a skull fracture is a bump or bruise on the head. Keep in mind however, that it may take up to 24 hours for the bump or br...
Nasal fractures can occur as the result of direct trauma, which most commonly results from car accidents, falls, contact sports, and/or fights. Nasal ...
The talus (or ankle) bone connects the back of the foot with the leg, joining with the tibia and fibula to form the ankle joint, and allowing for moti...
A calcaneus fracture occurs when there is a break to the heel bone. Although somewhat uncommon, they can occur as the result of a high-impact event—su...
What are Coccyx Fractures? A fractured tailbone, also known as a broken coccyx, is a very painful injury that can take months to fully heal. Most tai...