Fractures and sprains in the hand and wrist
What are fractures and sprains of the wrist?
Broken finger and thumb bones are common hand injuries, usually resulting from direct trauma or a fall.
Similarly to a broken hand, a sprain can occur when a fall has torn or damaged a ligament in the hand.
What are the symptoms of fractures and sprains of the wrist?
Bruising, swelling, pain and trouble moving the affected finger or thumb.
How are fractures and sprains of the wrist diagnosed?
A simple x-ray should be sufficient, however if the picture isn't clear sometimes ultrasound or MRI may be required.
How are fractures and sprains of the wrist treated?
If a hand and wrist fracture is diagnosed and treated early, along with rehabilitation exercises, the recovery is usually good.
Surgery may occasionally be needed if the break is particularly bad or inadequate therapy and treatment leaves the joint stiff and painful.
Sprains may recover well from resting, using ice, a compression dressing and keeping the hand elevated.
If it hasn't healed or pain and stiffness is worsening, it is worth getting checked over by a professional.