The Many Types of Hand Fractures
Any time a person is diagnosed with having a fracture it means that they have suffered a break in their bone. Although this particular injury is often very minor, it can cause a significant amount of pain, especially in areas of the body that are used frequently, such as the hands.
If the two ends of the broken bone are still aligned, this is known as a stable fracture. These types of injuries often heal much more quickly than others, as there is no need to reset the bone before the healing process may begin.
A stable hand fracture may also be referred to as a simple or closed fracture. Even though this condition is fairly minor, it is still important to seek treatment from a specialist who will be able to help you recover more quickly and reduce your risk for future injury to the area that may complicate the healing process.
A compound fracture, which may also be called an open fracture, is typically quite easy to detect. With this injury, the affected bone in the hand will pierce through the skin, which often makes it visible from outside the body.
One of the more difficult types of fractures to treat, the comminuted fracture describes a bone that has splintered into multiple pieces. This can be particularly problematic in the hands, as these extremities already possess so many tiny components.
Oblique and Transverse Fractures
Each of these fracture types possesses a unique appearance in the line of the fracture. If it is oblique, the hand fracture is determined to have an angled pattern. If the fracture line is horizontal, then it is transverse.
Advanced imaging tests such as an X-ray will need to be performed before a definitive diagnosis of these fracture types can be made.
Hand Fracture Treatment in Houston, TX
Depending upon the particular type of fracture that you have, the recommended treatment methods may vary. The first step is to accurately diagnose the injury and to then discuss your options with the Hand Surgery Specialists of Texas.
The Hand Surgery Specialists of Texas offers diagnosis and treatment for hand, wrist, and elbow problems in Houston, using the most advanced and minimally invasive medical techniques. Our orthopedic hand specialists and hand and finger surgeons are waiting to provide you with excellent care at one of our hand care centers in River Oaks, Clear Lake, North Houston, Katy/Sugarland, or Baytown