REPAIR OF HAND & WRIST BONE FRACTURES
Fractures of the bones of the hand and the wrist constitute an emergency situation.
After trauma results in a suspected fracture of the hand or wrist, urgent evaluation, x-ray examination, and directed treatment must be carried out as soon as possible.
Problems in return of function to the hand and wrist after a fracture are directly proportional and usually related to :
a) delayed diagnosis and treatment,
b) non-specific treatment given by someone other than a board certified hand surgeon.
Treatment involves assessing the injury to the surrounding tissues, and replacing the bones to their anatomic positions. This may be accomplished with manipulation and casting; and sometimes surgery is necessary in order to restore the bones to their normal position.