Hand and Microsurgery Associates
Fractures Q & A
What are prevalent hand, wrist, and arm fractures?
The fifth metacarpal bone — the bone in your hand that supports your little finger — is the most frequently broken bone in the hand. Sometimes called a boxer’s fracture, the bone cracks near the knuckle joint and is usually caused by striking something with your fist.
The two most common wrist fractures are distal radius and scaphoid fractures. A distal radius fracture is a break in your radius bone, close to your wrist. The scaphoid is one of the eight small bones in your wrist. It’s located near the base of your thumb. Both distal radius and scaphoid fractures are most often due to falling onto an outstretched arm.
You’re more likely to break your ulna or radius — the two bones in your forearm, than the thicker humerus in your upper arm. In most cases, arm fractures are due to falling onto an outstretched hand, although you can also break your arm during a sports or automobile accident.
An elbow fracture is another common type of broken arm. In most cases, you break the tip of your ulna, which forms the point of your elbow. Elbow fractures are usually due to falling onto the joint or a direct blow.
What are the signs of a broken bone?
You might lose the ability to bend or twist your fingers, elbow, or forearm, depending on the location of your broken bone. You might also have a visible lump or deformity near the fracture.
How are fractures treated?
In most cases, you need physical therapy to regain full use of your hand or arm after a fracture. Physical therapy helps you rebuild strength, flexibility, and range of motion so you can return to your regular activities.
Call Hand and Microsurgery Associates for expert treatment for fractures.