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Fractures of the bones of the Finger/hand (broken bones)

    Fractures of the bones of the Finger/hand (broken bones)

    The bones of the hand consist of the METACARPALS and PHALANGES.  Many types of injuries can cause fractures of these bones.  Even small amounts of movement between the ends of the broken bones(referred to as displacement) can severely affect hand function.  Additionally the tendons that move the joints of the hand lie next to the bones and healing of the fractures can lead to scarring of the tendons and loss of motion.

    How are they treated?

    Fractures where the bone is not out of position are usually treated by immobilization in a splint or a cast depending on the specific injury.  Fractures where the bone fragments (pieces of the bone) have moved out of position usually require surgery and therapy to limit scarring of the tendons and preserve the motion of the fingers.