The Hand Center welcomes Jill Putnam, MD to the practice! Dr. Putnam will start September 1st.

Is My Hand Broken?

You need your hands for cooking, cleaning, typing, holding tools, taking care of your child, and more. A broken or fractured hand can seriously impact your quality of life. Though accidents happen, prompt medical attention ensures that these changes are only temporary.

If you break your hand, you should seek immediate medical attention to help it heal and function correctly again. No matter how you’ve hurt it, whether it’s from falling on it, playing contact sports, or dropping an object on it, you need to get the right care quickly.

Here at The Hand Center, we’re a team of specialists who can accurately treat any hand injury. We diagnose your injured hand and get you the treatment you need.

Understanding the makeup of your hand

Your hand is made up of 19 bones, plus, joints, ligaments, nerves, and arteries. It’s a complex part of your body that’s easily taken for granted. The minute you’re not able to use it, you realize how much you need it.

Your hand is made up of the following:

Phalanges

These are the bones in your fingers with 14 on each hand. 

Carpal bones

The wrist is made up of these eight small bones that connect your hand to your forearm.

Metacarpal bones

These bones are in the middle part of your hand, five in each hand, that run between your phalanges and your carpal bones.

Hand injuries can affect any combination of these interconnected parts.

Issues with your hand

Your hand can suffer from numerous problems, that include:

Hand injuries can seriously impact your daily life. If you don’t have full use of your hand, routine tasks become difficult, and the intensity of the pain alone can be quite distracting. That’s why it’s important to call us at The Hand Center if you’re suffering from issues with your hand.

Symptoms of a broken hand

You might have a broken hand if you experience any of the following symptoms:

To avoid permanent damage to your hand, it’s imperative to seek treatment to begin your healing process. It’s best to be cautious. Even if you’re not in severe pain, you should contact your doctor if something seems wrong.

Treatment for a broken hand

Before arriving at our office for an evaluation, be sure to put ice on your hand, rest it on a soft pillow to keep it comfortable, and keep it elevated above your heart. If you have a puncture wound, apply clean gauze to the affected area.

When you come in to see us, our team of professionals examines the condition of your hand with an X-ray. We also see if you can move your hand by touching your fingers, one to the other. We determine if you have damage to the nerves, tendons, and blood vessels, as well.

Depending on the severity of your injury, treatments might include:

Our goal is to make sure that the bones in your hand properly align as they heal. In some cases, you may first need surgery to realign your bones. We take a conservative approach and aim to provide the least invasive treatment necessary for your injury. As you heal, we continue to monitor your progress to ensure a successful outcome.

If you have a hand injury, contact us for medical attention and superior care at the location nearest you. We also offer a telemedicine service if you’re not able to get to our practice in-person.

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