Education: Hand Conditions
NRH's Hand Therapy Program
Fractures can be very varies in severity including soft tissue injuries including potentially an open wound with the fracture causing the skin to open up. A removable splint may be utilized to protect the structure but allow hygiene and exercise if appropriate. More frequently a cast is utilized to immobilize the structures and allow healing. In more severe cases, surgery is needed to reposition the bones or to insert hardware to stabilize the bone
- Colles' Fracture - A fracture to the distal radius (large bone in the forearm). Most common wrist fracture, typically caused by a fall on an outstretched hand.
- Smith's Fracture - A fracture to the distal radius, less common and typically caused by a fall on the back of the hand.
- Barton's Fracture - A distal radius fracture that extends into the joint.
- Scaphoid Fracture - The most common of all carpal bone fractures. Typically caused by a fall on an outstretched hand. Healing can be difficult due to the blood supply to this bone. The proximal end of this bone can develop avascular necrosis (dying of the tissue due to lack of blood supply).
- Boxer's Fracture - A fracture to the small finger