Do You Have a Broken Hand? Receive Prompt Treatment From Peter D. Vizzi, M.D., in Lafayette, LA
A broken hand is a bone fracture that usually results from a direct blow. This injury is common among athletes who participate in sports that involve frequent falls, such as in-line skating and snowboarding, as well as individuals who have osteoporosis, a condition that causes the bones to become thinner and more fragile.
What does a broken hand feel like and how is it diagnosed?
A hand fracture can cause pain that worsens with gripping and other hand movements, as well as swelling, bruising, stiffness, numbness, and an obvious deformity, such as a crooked finger. If you think you might have a broken hand, Peter D. Vizzi, M.D. can help. Practicing in Lafayette, Louisiana, Dr. Vizzi is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon who offers a full range of conservative and surgical treatment options for fractures and other hand conditions. He can evaluate your injury through a physical examination and on-site X-ray, or he may order a CT scan or MRI.
How is a broken hand treated?
If the ends of a fractured hand bone are slightly displaced, Dr. Vizzi may need to perform a closed reduction procedure to manipulate the bone back into its proper position. To address an open or significantly displaced fracture, Dr. Vizzi may discuss surgery to place a small fixation device, such as a pin or screw, to hold the bone in place as it heals.
Once a broken hand bone is properly aligned, the associated pain and other symptoms can usually be managed with conservative therapies, such as:
- Immobilization – A splint or cast can be worn to restrict the movement of a broken hand, which can improve comfort and promote proper healing.
- Medications – Over-the-counter pain relievers and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can reduce pain and swelling. Additionally, if a broken bone has pierced the skin, an antibiotic may be prescribed to help prevent infection.
- Physical therapy – After a recommended immobilization device is removed, rehabilitative exercises can reduce stiffness and restore range of motion in the hand.
Because a broken hand bone can potentially shift during the healing process, Dr. Vizzi will typically monitor a patient’s progress with X-rays and, if necessary, adjust the treatment plan.
It’s important to seek treatment for a fractured hand as soon as possible. If you suspect that you’ve broken a bone in your hand, contact Dr. Vizzi’s office in Lafayette, LA, right away. Dr. Vizzi can provide prompt treatment to minimize your pain and stiffness and help ensure that your broken bone heals in proper alignment.