Hand Fractures

Hand Fractures Diagnosis and Treatments

Hands Clasping a Cup

 

Hand fractures & wrist fractures are commonly occurring injuries, resulting from the multitude of functions we put our hands through each and every day. We use our hands to grasp and hold onto objects, open and close doors, hammer nails into walls, catch footballs and baseballs, protect us from impact, and even catch ourselves when we fall. The hand is made up of a system of 27 small bones providing structure for the ligaments, tendons and muscles needed for movement. When enough pressure is applied to one or more of these bones, a break or fracture may occur.

SYMPTOMS:
  • Swelling
  • Stiffness
  • Pain
  • Movement difficulties
  • Deformity
DIAGNOSIS:

Dr. Fiore will perform a physical examination complete with an assessment of movement and sensation in the hand. If a fracture is suspected, he will take X-rays to determine the location and extent of the fracture.

TREATMENT:

Treatment is based on the extent of the injury, the location of the fracture, and whether a joint or other injury is involved. If the fracture is displaced, the bone needs to be reduced or set than immobilized.

  • Buddy tape, Splint, Cast or Brace: to immobilize for proper healing.
  • Kirschner wires (K-wires or pins): inserted through the skin to hold the bone in place as it heals.
  • Surgical Treatment: for severe cases, in which the fracture is unstable. After resetting, the bones may be held in place using k-wires, plates or screws. In some instances, bone grafts may also be needed to replace missing or crushed bone.

Dr. Fiore specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of Hand, Wrist, and Elbow Fractures. He is board certified by the American Board of Surgery and fellowship trained in hand and microsurgery. For more information on treatment options, or to schedule a consultation, call Fiore Hand and Wrist at (281) 970-8002.

We are conveniently located within driving distance of Cypress TX, Katy TX, Spring TX, Tomball TX, The Woodlands TX, and Houston TX.

For more information please visit Handcare.org.