Treatment Hand and Wrist Fracture
Hand fractures belong to the group of the most common injuries. Immediate medical care is required for the trauma to heal properly. Otherwise, the wrist fracture could result in irreversible damage, making it difficult to perform daily tasks in the future. Long-term pain and arthritis may also persist. Such an injury occurs in the case of falling on an outstretched arm. Pain, swelling and bruising appear almost immediately. Furthermore, the wrist itself looks deformed and crooked. The Orthopedic Center Touch of Health in Orlando provides efficient treatment of the wrist fracture based on the latest researches and techniques.
How is a Hand Fracture Treated?
The choice of the optimal treatment strategy of the hand fracture is carried out by the doctor, taking into account such factors as the patient’s activity, the dominant limb, bone density and the nature of the wrist fracture. If the broken bones are in the correct position, the doctor will apply a splint or a cast for a period of about 6 weeks. If the position of the bone is impaired and can limit future use of that limb, surgical repair may be required before a cast or a splint is applied.
Physical therapy may be needed after surgery on the broken hand or cast removal to restore wrist mobility. It will be possible to return to light physical activity, for example, swimming, within one to two months, and to active ones in six months. Full recovery takes about a year. Depending on the condition, minor pain and stiffness may be observed for another year.
We strongly recommend seeing a doctor in our medical center in case of a hand fracture. If the injury is not very painful, and the wrist is not deformed, you can wait till the next day. However, you have to provide protection with a splint, apply ice and keep the hand above the level of the chest.
Our Hand Experts
Dr. Mark Biondi was born in Council Bluffs, Iowa. At the age of three, his parents relocated to Merritt Island, so he has spent most of his life on the Space Coast and around Central Florida. He attended Merritt Island High where he developed an early interest in athletic training and sports medicine that would later lead him to pursue a career as a Chiropractic Physician. He attended Brevard Community College (now Eastern Florida State College) and the University of Central Florida. He then enrolled at Logan University, College of Chiropractic Medicine, where he received his Doctorate of Chiropractic degree.
Dr. Michael A. Thomas is a board-certified neurosurgeon who practices general neurosurgery with a specialty in minimally invasive spine surgery, skull base and endoscopic brain surgery. He treats conditions and diseases affecting the nervous system, which includes the brain, spine, spinal cord, and the peripheral nerves. Dr. Thomas has been referred to as a patient-focused professional and a conscientious and skilled neurosurgeon by his colleagues. He is certified by the American Board of Osteopathic Surgeons with a Neurosurgical discipline and the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners.