Broken bones of the hand may involve the fingers or the palm of the hand. With some fractures (breaks), the fingers may be overlapped or cross over each other with movement. A common location to sustain a break is the small finger metacarpal neck. This type of break is often referred to as a boxer’s fracture, with individuals often reporting that they punched a wall. Non-operative treatment options for hand fractures include immobilization (splinting/casting) with or without manipulation of the bone fragments. Operative treatment options include closed reduction and pinning, open reduction and internal fixation, and external fixation techniques. The decision regarding nonoperative versus operative treatment is complex and should be discussed with your treating physician.
After sustaining a broken hand, individuals may develop stiffness. A course of exercises and therapy to assist with symptoms may be discussed by your treating physician.
Outcomes after Hand Surgery vary and risks and benefits should be discussed in detail with your treating physician. Nonoperative treatment also carries risks and benefits which should be discussed with your treating physician.
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