Trauma & Fractures
Bone Fractures and Trauma For Hand & Wrist Injuries
Our skeletal system is made up of 206 bones, tendons, ligaments, blood vessels, and nerves. Bones provide support for the body, anchor muscles allowing them to contract, and allow our limbs to have mobility. Additionally, bones act as the body’s source of calcium, and are always going through changes under the control of hormones. Due to these factors, bones are vulnerable to a multitude of injuries.
When outside forces are applied to a bone, it has the potential to break, because the bone cannot withstand extreme force. When a bone breaks it bleeds, causing swelling. The injury can also affect the nerves, and severe pain can occur as a result. Muscles surrounding the area may spasm. The type of force on the bone determines the patternof injury that occurs. Injuries are based on the location of the injury on the bone, how the bone fragments are aligned, and whether any other complications exist.
If your fracture is a result of a traumatic injury, it may require emergency care from a trauma care specialist. An accurate diagnosis and early treatment can help your fracture heal quicker, and avoid further complications.
Most broken bones happen as a result of an accident, trauma, sports injury or fall, and when you’re in pain, our team at Arizona Center for Hand Surgery, is ready to evaluate your injury and treat it promptly. With urgent and emergent services available, we can see you the same day and begin the process of getting back to normal. Our physicians also have hospital affiliations in several locations surrounding the Phoenix, Arizona area, specifically for traumatic situations, such as a fracture or dislocation.
From basic to complex injuries, our team treats the following:
Similar to other materials, like glass, bone can break when overloaded beyond its limits. This means a fracture can be anything from a hairline crack in the bone, to a completely shattered bone with multiple pieces and deformities. Fractures can occur in anyone, but especially in patients with osteoporosis, when they can be caused by simple falls.
A wrist fracture can occur in any of the 8 (and sometimes 9) bones involving the wrist. The wrist itself is arranged in two rows of four bones. These carpal bones are interconnected like puzzle pieces, and held together with ligaments. They also articulate with the forearm bones, the radius and ulna, in addition to the metacarpal bones of the hand. While many of these bones and ligaments are relatively small, they are critical to normal function, and any damage to them requires prompt evaluation and proper treatment.
People with active lifestyles are often at increased risk for sports-related injuries. The surgeons at Arizona Center for Hand Surgery in Phoenix can properly diagnose all athletic injuries, and provide treatments that restore function and reduce pain.
Most dislocations in the hand can be treated without surgery, while most wrist dislocations require surgery.
After you have become injured at work, don’t wait to notify your doctor. The providers at Arizona Center for Hand Surgery will help you return back to work as quickly as possible.
Nerve injuries consist of lacerations and nerve compression syndromes. Prompt repair of a nerve laceration is very important for the best recovery. Some nerve compressions can be treated without surgery, and in the many cases where surgery is required, our doctors at Arizona Center for Hand Surgery are trained in the latest techniques.
The type of treatment you will receive at the Arizona Center for Hand Surgery will be based entirely on your individual assessment. Leaving no stone unturned, our orthopaedic physicians are experts at evaluating your injury and creating a plan that’s right for you. With on-site X-ray services, there’s no need to drive anywhere else or wait in line for additional care.
While many types of fractures or breaks may be stabilized for healing with a cast, others may require surgery to repair the injury. Should your fracture require surgical care, our team of board-certified surgeons excel in the operating room, and strive to give you a functional and professional final result so you can get back to living your life as soon as possible.
When you are in need of prompt care for a suspected or confirmed bone fracture or other injury, make us your first choice in hand care. Call the Arizona Center for Hand Surgery in Phoenix, Arizona, as soon as possible for same-day services at (602) 258-4788, or you may request an appointment online.