A fracture (or broken bone) of the hand can occur as a result of a direct blow or a fall onto an outstretched hand. Finger, hand and wrist fractures are very common. In the wrist region, the radius is frequently injured due to a fall (also commonly known as a Colles fracture). Patients with a hand or wrist fracture may experience pain, swelling, tenderness or physical deformity, depending on which bone is broken. Treatment for a fracture often involves open or closed reduction, which restores the bone back into its normal position. Fractures may be held in place with pins, screws, rods or plates, and may be removed or left in place once healing is complete. (See Fracture Care.)

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