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February 6, 2022

Fracture Of Hand: Recovery And Care

A bone fracture in the hand is an unfortunate situation and it is extremely hard to bear the pain. In today’s world, with advanced technology, it is really easy to diagnose, heal and recover a fractured bone. Doctors prescribe certain medications so that the patient doesn’t have to experience worsening pain and can get completely healed within a specific period.

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What Is A Bone Fracture?

A fracture is a break or cracks in one or more bones. A bone injury can be caused directly by a fall or by any external pressure. In certain cases, if the impact is really strong the bone might break into many pieces. It is important that the patient gets the treatment as soon as possible. Delaying the process of treatment might cause damage to the bones and they may not heal properly.

Bone fracture is really common around the world and there are many advanced technologies in the medical field that heals the bone completely without any complications.

Causes And Symptoms

Causes

  1. Fracture of the hand is common in sports people who indulge in weightlifting, archery, boxing, wrestling, etc.
  2. Falling from a height.
  3. Hitting against any hard object
  4. Performing repetitive tasks using one hand
  5. Accidents: motor vehicle accidents
  6. Direct blow
  7. Trauma
  8. Performing exercises in the wrong form
  9. Low bone density: due to calcium deficiency the bones often become weak and are prone to fracture by minor forces or impacts.
  10.  Abuse 

Symptoms

  1. Severe pain during the initial stage
  2. Difficulty and experiencing pain in gripping, squeezing or doing any hand movements.
  3. Swelling 
  4. Tenderness
  5. Redness
  6. Bruising
  7. Deformities: crooked fingers or wrist. Obvious deformities in the area where the impact is made.
  8. Inability to move or difficulty in performing hand movements.
  9. Inability to bear weight.
  10. Stiffness in the area.
  11.  Numbness in the impacted area and areas around it.

 

When the person is experiencing any of the above-mentioned symptoms, they should immediately contact the doctor and get treated as soon as possible.

What Can Be Done At Home

  1. Building bone strength: eating healthy and nutritious will help to build bone strength and will make the healing process smoother.
  2. Avoiding to impact the fractured area: one should be conscious about tripping, falling or hitting against any hard surface.
  3. Wearing shoes without shoelaces can help prevent tripping.
  4. Making sure that the hand is placed in a comfortable position while sleeping.
  5. Resting the hand on a pillow or soft surface
  6. One should take the prescribed painkillers if experiencing any sudden pain. (note: it is advisable to contact a doctor before trying out the medications).
  7. The person can take acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) in case of inflammation and pain (note: it is advisable to contact a doctor before trying out the medications). 
  8. Attempt to realign the hand should be avoided
  9. It is best to keep the hand resting and immobilize.
  10.  Often to reduce the pain and swelling one can apply ice around the areas of the plaster cast.
  11. The person should avoid lifting heavy things or doing heavy tasks.
  12. During bathing, the hand should be kept lifted to avoid getting wet.
  13. Regular visiting to the doctor 
  14. Redoing the plaster cast when recommended by the doctor.
  15. Regular and proper intake of prescribed medicines. (note: it is advisable to contact a doctor before trying out the medications)
  16. When the person feels that they can move their hand to a certain extent, doing some minor hand exercises can help.
  17. It will be better to avoid smoking during the healing days.
  18. Drinking plenty of water.
  19. Taking warm baths can help feel refreshed and help to get rid of the swelling and tiredness of the body.
  20. Getting enough sleep and rest to help rejuvenate the body.

Treatment Options Prescribed By The Doctor May Include

The purpose of treating a fractured hand is to make sure that it heals completely and properly. To achieve that the doctor might prescribe the following treatment options:
  1. To limit immobilization and prevent unnecessary movements, casts, splints or braces are used to cover the fractured area. The best option is chosen according to the extent of the injury.
  2. Pain medications: over the counter medicines are often prescribed by the doctor to prevent pain and swelling (note: it is advisable to contact a doctor before trying out the medications).
  3. In most cases, a mild fractured hand doesn’t require surgery. But in certain cases, the person may have to undergo surgery. Some of the cases are:
    1. An open fracture in which the bone has pierced the skin.
    2. A break extending to the joint of the hand
    3. The bone crushed into many pieces
    4. Rotation of bones and fingers
    5. Loose fragments of bones.
  4.  To monitor the progress of the healing bone, the doctor can suggest undergoing several X-Rays.
  5. Periodical removal of the cast can be done to monitor the bulging or any deformities.
  6. Doing regular light exercises to improve blood circulation in the affected area.
  7. The doctor might ask about any previous or history of chronic diseases like high blood pressure, diabetes, heart diseases, stomach ulcers, kidney problems, etc.
  8. The doctor can ask to keep the hand rested at the chest level.
  9. Start moving the fingers when wearing the splint
  10.  To take off the splint during bath.

When To Contact The Doctor

During the healing phase, certain risks and complications may arise. Some of them are:

  1. Tight and painful feeling
  2. Numbness 
  3. Tingly sensation
  4. Open sore 
  5. Extreme redness and swelling
  6. Difficulty in moving the hand after wearing the cast
  7. Getting any signs of infections
  8. Extra swelling and bruising

If the person experiences any of the above-mentioned symptoms and feelings during the healing phase, they should immediately contact their doctor to avoid further complications.

Recovery

The period of healing varies from person to person. It depends on various factors like health, nutritions they are intaking, whether an active person or not, genetics and lifestyle. But in general cases, the person may experience the following outcomes:

  1. The fracture takes about 8 – 12 weeks to heal completely. For multiple fractures, it might take a few more months to heal properly and the person might need to undergo physical therapy after the splint or cast removal. After a specific period, the person can go back to their daily activities or indulge in sports activities. 
  2. Particularly for a sports person, after recovery, the bones remain tender and prone to breakage. So, it should be kept in mind. It will be better to avoid any heavy tasks and activities during the initial days after the recovery.
  3. One can also take physical therapy sessions or enroll themselves in some exercise class to improve the functioning of the fractured hand.
  4. If the fingers are fractured then it will nearly take 2-3 months for complete healing. After that, the person can return to their daily activities without any complications.
  5. To experience a smooth recovery, a healthy diet is a must.
  6. The family members and caregivers should take proper care of the affected member and help them in doing their daily tasks and activities.
  7. A regular visit to the doctor, proper intaking of medications, undergoing prescribed tests and performing necessary activities prescribed by the doctor should be taken care of. (note: it is advisable to contact a doctor before trying out the medications)
  8. In case of any unusual symptoms, the person should immediately contact their doctor. Delaying the process might lead to other disorders.
  9. During the recovery phase, it is important to take care of mental health. Doing the activities one loves, listening to music, going for walks, talking with family members or loved ones, eating favorite food items, playing with pets, etc. can help to keep good and stable mental health.

Disclaimer

The above-mentioned remedies and medicines; are over the counter medicines (most of them) and are effective in most cases. It is advisable to contact the doctor before taking any medications.

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