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Hand Fracture

Hand Fracture services offered in San Marcos, Encinitas and San Diego, CA

If you experience a broken bone in your hand, you should seek medical attention right away. Fellowship-trained hand surgeon Anisa Yalom, MD, in northern San Diego, California, can provide an accurate diagnosis to determine if you have a hand fracture. Treatment can bring your bones into proper alignment, allowing you to use your hand again. To schedule an evaluation, call the office or book an appointment online today.

Hand Fracture Q & A

What is a hand fracture?

A hand fracture, also known as a broken hand, occurs when one or more bones in your hand are cracked or broken due to trauma or injury. These fractures can range in severity from a minor crack to a complete break that displaces the bone fragments. 

Dr. Yalom can help you understand the signs, treatment, and recovery process for managing a hand fracture.

What are the symptoms of a hand fracture?

Symptoms of a hand fracture can vary depending on the location and extent of the break. You might experience:

  • Immediate pain upon impact or injury
  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Tenderness

If the fracture is severe, you might notice deformity, an inability to move your fingers, or even bone protruding through the skin.

When is surgery necessary for a hand fracture?

In some cases, surgery may be necessary to treat a hand fracture. Dr. Yalom assesses the severity of your fracture through imaging tests like X-rays or CT scans. If the bones are significantly displaced, unstable, or at risk of damaging surrounding tissues, surgery might be recommended. 

During the procedure, Dr. Yalom carefully realigns your broken bones, using screws, plates, or wires to hold them in place while they heal.

What can I expect during recovery from my hand fracture?

During recovery, you can expect a personalized treatment plan tailored to your specific fracture and overall health. After surgery, you’re likely given a splint or cast to immobilize your hand and promote proper bone healing. 

Dr. Yalom monitors your progress closely with regular follow-up appointments and imaging scans to ensure the bones heal as expected.

Physical therapy and hand exercises also play a role in your recovery. They involve a series of gentle movements to help restore your hand function and flexibility. Over time, you gradually regain strength and coordination in your hand and fingers.

Recovery from a hand fracture can take several weeks to a few months, depending on the severity of the fracture and your commitment to following Dr. Yalom's recommendations. 

If you have suffered a bone injury in your hand, don’t delay. Call the office to book an appointment, or use the online scheduling tool today.