Your orthopedic surgeon diagnoses your hand fracture with a physical examination and digital imaging tests like X-rays, MRIs, and CT scans. They develop a personalized treatment plan based on the extent of your break.
The most common treatments for hand fractures include:
- Medication to reduce inflammation and pain
- Immobilization to prevent movements of broken bones while they heal
- Physical therapy to reduce stiffness and restore mobility
Depending on the extent of your break, your doctor might also recommend surgical procedures. These often include removing loose bone fragments, treating fractures in your joint, or repairing an “open fracture” where your bone breaks through your skin. Your surgeon might also recommend surgical repair if ligaments, blood vessels, or nerves surrounding your hand fracture sustained damage.
During hand surgery, your surgeon may use plates, screws, pins, or rods to secure your broken bones in place while they heal. Some hand fractures require bone grafts to encourage the recovery process.
If you’re suffering from the symptoms of a hand fracture, contact Arizona Center for Hand to Shoulder Surgery for a consultation. Their caring staff will be honored to take care of you.