Fractures of the hand, or metacarpal fractures, may occur in either the small bones of the fingers or in the long metacarpal bones. Often caused by a direct blow or fall, a hand fracture may result in one or several broken hand bones.
Characterized by severe hand pain that is increased when gripping or squeezing, swelling, tenderness, bruising, deformity, numbness, and stiffness or inability to move your fingers or thumb, a hand fracture can lead to poor healing if you don’t see a doctor right away.
A hand doctor may recommend a nonsurgical treatment method, such as wearing a cast, splint, or fracture brace, to realign your bones by immobilizing them. However, if nonsurgical methods prove unsuccessful in realigning and stabilizing your bones, the orthopedic hand doctor may recommend surgery.
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To learn more about the treatment options available for hand fractures, please request an appointment online, or call 509-344-HAND (4263).
Once you have scheduled your appointment with one of our hand doctors, please use the link below to obtain our new patient forms and browse through our tips and preparation suggestions for your appointment.
“Dr. Paul Horn is my doctor. When I first went to see him, he wanted X-rays of my right thumb. As it turned out, I had a diseased right thumb bone. I received cortisone shots until I decided to have surgery on my thumb bone. I was one of the rare cases to develop RSD syndrome. Dr. Horn explained every detail of the surgery and the outcome of what my hand could do and not do after surgery. Then last spring, my left hand was bothering me so I went to see Dr Horn; he took an X-ray and my left hand will have to have surgery. I told him that my good hand was now my bad hand, so what does that mean, I now have two bad hands, which made Dr. Horn laugh with me. I cannot say how much I like Dr. Horn. He explains everything he is going to do to you and he really cares about his patients.” — Janet M.
“Dr. Henry Lin operated on my right hand index finger. From the first consultation appointment through the conclusion of the surgery, Dr. Lin and his staff were very professional, kind, and supportive. I was comfortable, as well as free of anxiety before and after surgery. The staff at Northwest Orthopaedic Specialists was well trained and experienced in anticipating my needs as a patient. I have full use of my finger and Dr. Lin's stitches were so well done that I have no visible scar.” — Fern F.
“Dr. Lin fused 2 joints in my dominant hand index finger. Customer service has been outstanding; professional; respectful staff & of course Dr. Lin as well. Immediately got me in to see Dr. Lin when I was concerned about post op pain. Returned my phone calls to address my concerns. Outstanding personnel throughout my entire experience; answering my questions; explaining what I could expect every step of she way. Dr. Shirzad has repaired bunions on both feet; my experience both times was as outstanding as my experience with Dr. Lin. This was the 4th hand surgery with Dr. Lin.” — Sharen P.