In our last blog post, we discussed 8 of the most common hand and wrist injuries as well as how to treat them. Below we will explore the top 7 worse hand and wrist injuries. Remember: these injuries can affect anyone so make sure that you read through this article and keep it handy in case you ever need it.
7. Stress Fractures
These are fractures caused by a repetitive activity that eventually overcome the strength of your bone. The main symptom of a stress fracture is pain with activity, and these fractures require medical attention to be treated.
6. Finger Fracture
A finger fracture is caused by a force of contact that proves to be stronger than the bone, like when you hit your finger against the ground, a ball, etc. This injury is characterized by pain, tenderness over the broken bone, and sometimes a deformity of the finger. The best way to treat a broken finger is to seek medical attention immediately.
5. Thumb Fractures
A thumb fracture can happen when there is direct stress applied to your thumb, like breaking a fall, catching a ball, wrestling, etc. The main symptoms are severe pain, swelling, numbness or coldness in your thumb, and a deformed shape of the thumb. A doctor should examine a thumb fracture to determine the best course of treatment.
4. Finger Dislocation
A finger dislocation occurs when one of your finger joints is forced out of its normal position. This happens most often to the middle joint of your fingers. Immediate medical attention is necessary so a doctor can determine how to best relocate your joint.
3. Scaphoid Fracture
A scaphoid fracture, or wrist bone fracture, is one of the most common fractures on children and teens. This type of fracture occurs when you fall on your outstretched hand. A scaphoid fracture causes pain and tenderness at the base of the thumb. Like other fractures, a scaphoid fracture should be treated by a medical professional immediately.
2. Broken Wrist
A broken wrist usually occurs about 1 inch from the end of the wrist bone and is most commonly caused by falling on an outstretched arm. The main symptoms of a broken wrist are immediate pain, tenderness, bruising, swelling, and sometimes the wrist hangs in an odd angle. Immediate medical attention is required to treat a broken wrist.
1. Fingertip Amputations
Although rare, fingertip amputations can happen when a fingertip slams in a car door, while chopping food, cleaning debris from a lawnmower, etc. These types of injuries require immediate medical attention and will most likely be treated with surgery.
As you can see, the majority of these injuries require medical attention for proper treatment. We hope you never have to, but if you suffer from any of these injuries, don’t hesitate to visit the best hand surgeons in Dallas and Houston. Keep our contact and location information handy just in case!