How is a hand fracture treated?

Rachel Rohde, MD
Orthopedic Surgery

Treatment of hand fractures depends on your age, what bone is broken and where/how in that bone, whether your fingers are malrotated or “scissoring” over each other, and other factors. Your hand doctor can examine you and your X-rays to determine whether the fracture needs to be reduced (or “set”) and whether it can be treated in a splint/cast or might need surgery.

Once your doctor considers your fracture “stable” enough, you might be sent for hand therapy to start motion. Early motion helps prevent stiffness, but there always is a balance between early motion and stability of the fracture.

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