Fractures of the Hand & Fingers

Introduction

The hand is composed of numerous small bones and, due to heavy use associated with daily activity, work, and sports, it is easily susceptible to injury. Fractures in the hand can occur either in the small or long bones of the fingers as the result of injuries from falling, crushing, twisting, or direct contact from sports.

Basic symptoms that are indicative of a fracture of the hand include swelling, tenderness, deformity, depressed knuckle or the inability to move a finger, the wrist or forearm. Depending on the severity of the fracture, nerves within the hand and wrist can be damaged as well. A comprehensive examination performed by a physician is necessary to assess the injury and determine whether a fracture has occurred.

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