Fractures of the hand are very common! They can occur from major trauma such as MVA, sports, and falls to minor trauma!. The hand is made up of a delicate network of bones that serve as a point of attachment for tendons, ligaments and muscles.
Hand fractures may be difficult to distinguish from other less serious hand or finger injuries. Aside from pain and swelling other indicators include deformity, malalignment, rotational deformities and decrease or loss of motion!
Generally you should seek medical treatment if you believe you may have suffered a fracture of the hand. Delay in treatment can sometimes reduce the ultimate outcome leading to permanent deformity, loss of motion and chronic pain.
Treatment varies depending on the type and severity of the injury. Minor fractures may only need ice and splinting or casting. More severe fractures may require surgery with the use of pins, plates and screws. Always seek medical attention if you believe you have suffered a significant injury to your hands to prevent permanent problems.