A sudden fall or a sports-related injury can result in painful hand fractures requiring prompt treatment to prevent complications. As an experienced orthopedic surgeon, Peter J. Curcione, DO, offers comprehensive urgent care for hand fractures at his Fort Myers and Lehigh Acres, Florida, offices. Dr. Curcione provides accurate, in-office diagnostic testing to determine the severity of your fracture. He also performs outpatient surgical repair for fractures to ensure your bones heal properly. Learn more about treating hand fractures by calling the office or scheduling an appointment online today. You can also receive a diagnosis as a walk-in at the clinic.
A bone fracture is a break in one of the bones in your hand, fingers, or palm. Hand fractures can occur in several ways:
You can develop mild fractures that cause a break in the bone, but the bone remains intact. In more serious fractures, the bone can move out of alignment or break into many pieces.
At the time of injury, you may experience a variety of symptoms that may indicate a bone fracture in your hand. These symptoms often include:
You may also experience a noticeable deformity in your hand when the fractured bone moves out of alignment.
If you suffer a fall or other injury to the hand and suspect you have a fracture, Dr. Curcione performs a physical exam and a review of your symptoms. He can confirm your fracture or rule out other conditions through imaging tests, like X-rays.
An X-ray is also necessary for assessing the severity of the fracture so Dr. Curcione can create a customized treatment plan to alleviate your pain and restore your hand health.
Mild fractures may not require medical treatment. In some cases, a mild fracture can heal on its own without surgery. Dr. Curcione may suggest bracing your hand to reduce inflammation and ensuring that your bone heals correctly.
For severe fractures where the bone moves out of alignment, Dr. Curcione may need to perform surgery to realign the bones. Alignment surgery may require the use of metal plates, pins, or screws to hold your fractured bone in place. Over time, these devices will fuse together with your natural bone to provide stability in your hand.
After your surgery is complete, you may need to wear a brace or a cast for several weeks or months to allow the bone to fully heal. During this time, you may also need to limit certain activities involving the use of your hand.
Depending on the severity of your fracture, you may benefit from physical therapy after surgery.
If you have symptoms of a hand fracture, don’t delay treatment. You can schedule an appointment online today or call the office nearest you for more information. If you need urgent care for a hand fracture, stop into the clinic on a walk-in basis.