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What causes a hand fracture?

Rachel Rohde, MD
Orthopedic Surgery

Believe it or not, there are 19 bones in each of your hands and 8 in each wrist, not including those big long forearm bones. These bones and the joints between them provide protection and support for the many tendons, muscles, nerves, blood vessels and ligaments that work together to make your hands function so well!

When a significant force is applied to your bone, it can break (or fracture, which is the technical term for “break!”). This causes pain, stiffness, bruising, or even bleeding if there is a break in the skin. Sometimes you will see a deformity (your finger might look crooked). 


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