Every year, millions of people experience broken bones in their hands. We are dependent on our hands, and even the smallest loss of function can result in a life time of difficulties. Broken hands require a doctor’s visit and possibly months of rehabilitation.
There are different forms of hand fractures:
- Stable fracture, where the bones are aligned
- Unstable fracture, where bone fragments have shifted
- Comminuted fracture, where the bone is shattered into many pieces
- Open fracture, when a bone fragment breaks the skin and can lead to infection
Medical evaluation and x-ray are needed to confirm the diagnosis of the fracture and determine treatment. A splint or cast may be used to treat stable fractures. Unstable fractures need to be set in place and stabilized with wires or pins.
Sometimes a bony lump may appear at the spot of the broken bone while in recovery. This is called a fracture callus, this is normal and the lump will gradually decrease in size over time. You may experience stiffness, shifting of the bones, slow healing and possibly infection.
It’s important that when you are in recovery, do not smoke, and follow all instructions provided by your doctor.