Whether you’re an athlete, a weekend warrior or you simply love being active, a broken bone can make it feel as if you’ve been sidelined from life. At TriHealth Orthopedic & Sports Institute and Beacon Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, we are consistently at the forefront of the latest advances in surgical and nonsurgical treatments for fractures of the wrist and fingers. We’re focused on delivering customized care with lasting results so you can get back in the game.
The fingers and wrist are comprised of a complex network of bones. Fractures of the wrist and fingers occur when any of the 8 wrist bones or 14 finger bones break. Breaks can range from mild to severe, and treatment will depend largely on the complexity of the break and the number of bones injured. Any of the fingers are prone to fractures, but the distal radius bone of the forearm (on the thumb side of the hand) is the wrist bone most prone to breakage.
Types of fractures include:
A wrist fracture or finger fracture is almost always the cause of a sudden and traumatic injury. The most common causes include:
Symptoms of a wrist or finger fracture will depend on the severity of the break. Hairline fractures, or very thin fractures, may cause minor pain and swelling. However, symptoms of displaced or compound fractures may include:
Broken finger or broken wrist treatment will depend on the complexity of the break. Stable fractures can sometimes be treated nonsurgically with the following approaches:
If the break involves multiple bones or affects the nerves, tendons or ligaments of the hand or wrist, surgery may be necessary. Broken finger or wrist surgery will realign and stabilize the broken bones using hardware such as pins, screws or metal plates. Physical therapy is almost always necessary after any kind of fracture.
Certain risk factors can increase your chances of a wrist or finger fracture, including:
The best way to prevent fractures of the wrist and fingers is to maintain good bone health and reduce your risk of injury. Tips for reducing your risk include:
If not treated properly, fractures of the wrist and fingers can cause permanent damage or loss of mobility. Get an accurate diagnosis and the most effective treatment from one of our specialists. Learn more or make an appointment with an orthopedic specialist: Call TriHealth at 513 246 2300 or our orthopedic partner, Beacon Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, at 513 961 HAND or 513 961 4263.