There are several bones in the hand and wrist. If one or more of these bones break, it can lead to several complications if not treated promptly, such as nerve damage. Dr. Gregg A. Vagner is a fellowship-trained surgeon who specializes in hand repair procedures at our Cedar Park, TX, office and additional Austin-area locations. He will work to address your hand fracture with the most conservative treatment possible but can also perform surgery, if necessary.
Crushing injuries, direct blows, and other traumatic events can lead to a broken hand. Some of the most common causes of a hand fracture include:
It is a natural tendency to try and catch yourself on an outstretched arm when falling. Unfortunately, this is the leading cause of hand and wrist fractures.
Car, motorcycle, and bicycle accidents can all result in a hand fracture. These types of injuries often require surgical intervention, especially if the bones have broken into several pieces.
Many contact sports carry an increased risk for hand fractures. These include:
Individuals with osteoporosis are more vulnerable to bone breaks, including hand fractures. If you suffer from this condition, use extra caution when participating in certain activities.
In most cases, it is apparent when a hand fracture has occurred. In addition to severe pain that worsens while squeezing or gripping objects, patients may experience:
It is extremely important to see a doctor as soon as possible if you notice any of these symptoms. Delaying necessary treatment could result in decreased range of motion, reduced grip strength, and poor healing.
If a hand fracture is suspected, Dr. Vagner will confirm the diagnosis with a comprehensive evaluation. During this visit, he will assess the wrist and hand and take x-rays or scans to visualize the location and severity of the break.
Recommended treatment will depend on the complexity of the of the fracture. Common treatments at our office include:
While we strive to keep treatment as conservative as possible, surgical intervention is sometimes necessary. Dr. Vagner can help you explore your treatment options during a consultation at our practice.
If you have suffered a hand fracture, addressing the issue in a timely manner can help reduce the risk of complications. To learn more or schedule a consultation, contact Orthopaedic Specialists of Austin online or call (512) 476-2830.