The most common disabling work injuries in the United States involve the upper extremities, accounting for over one fourth of all disabling work injuries. One out of six disabling work injuries involve the fingers, most often due to the finger striking or being struck against a hard surface.(Ouch!)
Causes and Risks
Other breaks of the hands and wrists occur in car accidents at high speeds, falls on outstretched hands and sports injuries.
If you participate in any of these sports you are at high risk for hand injuries:
- In-line skating
- Jumping on a trampoline
You could also be at risk due to health conditions:
- If you have osteoporosis (a bone disease)
- If you are a smoker, because smoking affects the absorption of calcium.
If you have these symptoms you may have a broken hand or wrist:
- Severe pain during gripping or squeezing
- Obvious deformity
- Stiffness or inability to move
It is imperative to see a doctor right away if you have broken your hand or wrist because if an injury is left uncorrected it could heal improperly. When a break is not taken care of there will be a decreased range of motion and strength. Call, Bellevue orthopedic, the Bellevue Bone and Joint Physicians immediately if you experience any numbness on a broken hand or wrist.
You may want to write a list of your symptoms and how the injury occurred. List your medical history, families’ medical history and your medication(s). Finally, end with any questions you have for your doctor.
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