Hand fractures can occur in any of the bones in the hand, including the metacarpals (long bones) and the phalanges (finger bones). The severity of a fracture can vary, ranging from a small crack in the bone to a complete break where the bone is completely separated.
1. Displacement: If the fracture has caused significant displacement, where the bone ends are misaligned, surgery may be necessary to realign the bones and fix them in place using pins, screws, or plates.
It’s important to note that not all hand fractures require surgery. Minor fractures that are stable and well-aligned may be treated with conservative methods such as splinting or casting. The treatment approach will depend on the specific characteristics of the fracture, the patient’s overall health, and the recommendations of the treating physician.
If you suspect you have a hand fracture or are concerned about your hand injury, it’s best to seek medical attention promptly. A healthcare professional can assess your condition, conduct necessary imaging tests, and recommend the most appropriate treatment plan, including the potential need for surgery.