Hand fracture: why it is important to treat it

Written by: Dr. Jordi Font Segura
Edited by: Top Doctors®
Hand fractures or fractures of the bones of the hand occur after a trauma to one of the bones that make up the hand; Ie, fingers, carp and wrist.


Types of hand fractures by location

Within the hand fracture there are:
- Fractures in the fingers , phalanges and metacarpals.
- Fractures of carpal bones , ie, scaphoid, lunate, large bone, pyramidal, pisiform, trapezoid and trapezoid.
- Fractures of the wrist, affecting the distal end of radius and ulna.

Treatment of the fracture of the hand

In most cases hand fractures can be treated by plaster. However, at times, and depending on the degree of displacement , involvement of a joint surface may require surgery.

When surgery is needed to treat a hand fracture

Nowadays, thanks to technological advances, specialists in Traumatology have many options of minimally invasive surgery: arthroscopy, percutaneous stabilization ... This allows a correct stabilization of the fracture (osteosynthesis), while reducing the recovery time, achieving a Incorporation into life (work, sports ...) in the short term.

Consequences of poorly healed or treated hand fracture

Because of the specificity of hand functionality, poor correction of a fracture can lead to loss of precision when performing fine movements, such as writing, playing an instrument or performing crafts, and even discomfort in sports activities (tennis, paddle or basketball). In addition, we should not forget that poor joint correction will lead, in a relatively short future, to osteoarthritis (destruction of the joint surface), causing chronic pain and loss of mobility.
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By Dr. Jordi Font Segura
Orthopaedic Surgery

Dr. Jordi Font Segura is a renowned specialist in Traumatology who has an experience of more than 20 years in the study of sports, trauma and orthopedic injuries of the elbow and hand. He is part of the My Tres Torres clinic team within the iMove Traumatology Unit. He was for 4 years Medical Director of the Clinic and since 2018 is Medical Director of iMove Traumatology. He has combined his professional career with teaching, practicing as a professor at the International University of Catalonia for almost 10 years.

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