Hand and Wrist Fractures


Hand and Wrist Fracture Surgery

How your Hourston doctor can repair hand and wrist fractures

There are many ways you can fracture your hand or wrist, and if you do, you might be tempted to panic, but you don’t have to. Dr. Barbara Wilson of Wilson Hand Surgery in Houston, TX can repair your hand or wrist fracture, relieve your pain and restore full function. Whether you suffered a traumatic accident or were injured while playing a sport, Dr. Wilson is there to help your hand or wrist feel whole again.

Osteoporosis causes thinning and weakening of your bones, which means a simple fall might fracture bones, especially small ones like those of the hand or wrist. In fact, one of the main causes of hand or wrist fracture is extending your hand and arm to try and break your fall. Some of the signs and symptoms of a hand or wrist fracture can include:

  • Numbness in your hand
  • Tenderness, bruising and swelling
  • Stiffness and limited motion of your thumb, fingers or wrist
  • Increasing severe pain when you grip or squeeze something
  • Visible deformity, including a crooked finger, thumb or bent wrist

Hand X-RayIf you suspect you might have broken your wrist or hand, seek care from Dr. Wilson as soon as you can. If you delay treatment, your bones may not heal properly or in the correct alignment, which can limit your range-of-motion and permanently affect normal function of your hands or wrists.

Dr. Wilson will assess your fracture and she may need to move the bones to make certain they are correctly aligned. She will place your wrist or hand in a cast or splint to immobilize it, so it heals properly. If she can’t immobilize it due to multiple fractures, displaced bones, loose bone fragments or other reasons, she may surgically place screws, rods or plates to keep your bones in correct position.

Pain management is important, so Dr. Wilson may recommend over-the-counter pain medications including acetaminophen (Tylenol), ibuprofen (Advil) or naproxen sodium (Aleve). For severe pain she may recommend stronger prescription pain medication.

Your treatment isn’t complete just because the cast or splint comes off. Physical therapy is critical to restore full range of motion in your hand or wrist and can take weeks or months. Dr. Wilson will be there to provide excellent care before, during and after your fracture treatment.

For more information on hand and wrist fracture treatments or to make an appointment, please call Dr. Wilson of Wilson Hand Surgery in Houston, TX at (832) 530-4081. Call today and make your hand or wrist whole again!

If you've fractured your hand or wrist, call our Houston, TX office at (832) 530-4081 to schedule a consultation.