Fracture Diagnosis and Treatments in Houston, TX


Hand fractures are commonly occurring injuries, resulting from the multitude of functions we put our hands through each and every day. We use our hands to grasp and hold onto objects, open and close doors, hammer nails into walls, catch footballs and baseballs, protect us from impact, and even catch ourselves when we fall. The hand is made up of a system of 27 small bones providing structure for the ligaments, tendons and muscles needed for movement. When enough pressure is applied to one or more of these bones, a break or fracture may occur.

Symptoms of Hand Fractures

Common symptoms of hand fractures include:

  • Swelling
  • Stiffness
  • Pain
  • Movement difficulties
  • Deformity


Diagnosis includes a physical examination complete with an assessment of movement and sensation in the hand. If a fracture is suspected, hand doctors take X-rays to determine the location and extent of the fracture.

Treatment Options

There are a variety of treatment options for hand fractures, depending upon the extent of the injury, the location of the fracture, and whether a joint or other injury is involved. If the fracture is displaced, the bone needs to be reduced (set) then immobilized. Some methods of treatment include:.

  • Buddy tape, Splint, Cast or Brace: to immobilize for proper healing

  • Kirschner wires (K-wires or pins): inserted through the skin to hold the bone in place as it heals.

  • Surgical Treatment: for severe cases, in which the fracture is unstable. After resetting, the bones may be held in place using k-wires, plates or screws. In some instances, bone grafts may also be needed to replace missing or crushed bone.

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