Fracture Treatment

What is hand and wrist fracture treatment?

There are 27 bones in the hand and wrist that can be fractured. As your hands are so important for everyday living, it’s important that any hand injury is treated promptly.

The most commonly fractured bones in the hand and wrist are the finger tips and the ones at the base of the little finger and the thumb.

Treatment of these fractures will depend on whether the bones remain in their correct anatomical position (non-displaced) or are out of place and separated (displaced). Non-displaced fractures can often be treated successfully without surgery. Non-surgical treatment involves non-drug therapy (eg a cast or splint and physiotherapy) and medication (eg anti-inflammatories).

Displaced fractures often require surgery to realign the bones and hold them together while they heal.

Our specialists at Orthopaedic Clinics Gold Coast will work with you to create the best treatment plan for your particular situation.

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How does hand and wrist fracture treatment work?

Wrist fractures

During surgery, the bones are realigned and held together. The bones may be held together with internal pins or screws and plates, or with external devices that create a stable frame around joint. In most cases, your fingers are free to move and exercises are recommended to preserve strength and mobility. Wrist exercises are also recommended once the area is stable and the pain is controlled.

Hand and finger fractures

During surgery, the bones are realigned and held together. The bones may be held together with internal pins or screws and plates, or with external devices that create a stable frame around bones.

When adequate healing has occurred, your doctor will start rehabilitation, involving exercises to regain strength and mobility.

What is involved and what to expect after hand and wrist fracture fixation?

Most people are able to go home on the same day as the surgery.

Before you go home, your therapist will show you how to keep your hand clean and give show you some exercises that help prevent stiffness while healing. Ongoing physiotherapy can help speed up recovery and improve outcomes.

Internal fixation is usually left in, unless it causes problems. External fixation is removed progressively as healing takes place.