Hand and wrist fractures are extremely common and occur when excessive force is put upon the hand/wrist, causing the bone to crack or break. Fractures of the hand or wrist may range from a small hairline fracture to a complete break in the bone.
Your wrist is made up of 8 small bones that connect to two long bones within your forearm – the ulna and the radius. Wrist fractures are most common in trauma situations, such as a car crash or falling onto an outstretched arm. Wrist fractures may also occur in patients with osteoporosis due to the weakening/thinning of the bone.
Not including your wrist, your hand has 19 bones which make up your metacarpals and phalanges (fingers). These bones, in conjunction with the numerous joints allow you to move your hands. Hand fractures may occur due to trauma, punching a hard object, or sports injuries. Hand fractures are quite common, although they are highly preventable with proper caution.
Treatment for Hand and Wrist Fractures
Treatment for a hand or wrist fracture will vary depending on the severity of the fracture. Your doctor will determine the severity through an x-ray. Typically, your doctor will immobilize the injured area with a splint or cast to allow the fracture to heal. In severe cases, you may need to see an orthopedic surgeon. After the fracture is healed, it is important to begin working with a skilled physical therapist in order to regain full strength and mobility.
Physical Therapist in New Jersey/New York
If you are recovering from a hand or wrist fracture, schedule an appointment with JAG Physical Therapy. With locations throughout New Jersey and New York, we have expert physical therapists waiting to conveniently treat you. Regain your strength and mobility following a hand/wrist fracture with the help of JAG Physical Therapy.