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Hand Fractures

A fracture in the hand can occur in one or more of the bones, and can occur in conjunction with soft tissue injuries.  The hand consists of 29 bones: 8 carpal bones (scaphoid, lunate, triquetrium, pisiform, trapezium, trapezoid, capitate, hamate), 5 metacarpals, 14 phalanges and 2 sesamoid bones.


If you have suffered a fracture in your hand, it is likely that something fell on your hand, you fell on an outstretched hand or suffered a twisting type injury.  Often times a loud snap is heard followed by immediate pain.  Other symptoms include moderate to significant swelling and bruising, point tenderness, shortened finger or an obvious deformity compared to the uninjured side.  The best way to diagnose a hand fracture is x-ray.  In general, the majority of hand fractures can be treated non-operatively with either brace or cast immobilization.  Your doctor can properly identify the type of fracture and determine the appropriate course of treatment.