Fractures come in a few different forms. Each one will likely require a different treatment method depending upon location and severity. The different types of fractures that can occur include:

  • Stable fracture – When the bones are still aligned after the break.
  • Unstable fracture – The post-break bone fragments have shifted out of regular alignment.
  • Comminuted – The bone broke into more than 2 pieces.
  • Open (compound) fracture – The bone broke through the skin.

Whether it’s a broken finger, fractured wrist, broken hand bone or fractured forearm, your orthopedic surgeon will utilize a combination of splints, staples, pins, plates, wraps, and casts to help realign (if needed), stabilize and protect broken bones to allow them to heel naturally.
The simpler fractures will require less intervention, while the more fractured and misaligned breaks may require a plate and pins to reestablish the bone properly.

The main goal of hand fracture treatments is to ensure proper healing, to avoid Malunion (when a broken bone forms back together with a slight or notable misalignment) and treat Nonunion (when broken bones don’t heal or heal partially).

Symptoms Of a Broken Wrist | Wrist Fracture

Broken bones rarely go unnoticed, as they result from a singular event in which pain is felt immediately. Following the incident, the pain will persist and is followed by bruising and swelling.
These injuries can sometimes be misdiagnose as bruises, strains or jammed fingers. However, if you have a high pain tolerance and you’re feeling like skipping the trip to the doctor’s, you run the risk of Malunion and Nonunion. Both can be extremely painful, uncomfortable and alter your ability to use the affected hand or wrist for the rest of your life.
If you have experienced trauma to your hand or a bad fall and you’re worried that your hand, finger or wrist may are broken, play it safe. You use your hands for too many daily tasks to run the risk of your finger, hand or wrist not regaining its full strength.

What To Do With a Broken Hand

You’ve just braced yourself during a fall, or someone accidentally closed the door on your hand. You felt a pop or heard a snap. A sharp pain pulsed through your hand. You’re starting to notice some discoloration, swelling and your hand and wrist are tender to the touch.

Your first reaction should be to R.I.C.E. (Rest, Ice, Compress and Elevate).

Ice, compression, and elevation will all limit the initial swelling that occurs after a broken bone.
It’s also imperative to prevent further injuries by not trying to use the injured hand at all.
If you don’t have immediate access to ice, utilize the other steps and get to a doctor’s office as soon as possible to have the injured hand examined. The doctor will be able to assess the injury and order any necessary x-rays to get a complete image of the severity of the break and how to proceed with treating the break moving forward.

Treating a Colles Fracture

A Colles fracture is a break that occurs in the upper forearm (wrist). Minor breaks can be healed with a cast, while more serious fractures will require either open or closed reduction. Reduction is the process of restoring the bone to its normal placement. Closed reduction is more common and involves physical manipulation of the area to realign the bone. This can be quite painful and is typically done under short-acting anesthetic.

How to Treat a Broken Finger

Fingers are commonly broken in sports and can easily be overlooked as simply jammed. Firing out of your stance and jamming your hands into a defensive lineman on the gridiron. Catching a no-look pass on a breakaway when you’re eagerly waiting underneath the basket all alone.
This quickfire injury can render your game less-than. It’s the job of sports medicine specialists to keep you running on all cylinders as quick as possible. Through physical and x-ray examinations, the degree of the broken finger or fractured finger will be assessed.
For fingers, the most common solution is a splint or wrap that helps immobilize, straighten and protect the broken finger. In the case of a more severe (Comminuted) fracture, pins and plates can be used to realign the finger.
After the proper treatment method has been chosen, patience, a healthy diet and smart choices regarding the safety of the broken finger will help move along the recovery process.

Distal Radius Fracture Prevention

Often times the nature of accidents are not preventable. However, in the case of a wrist, upper forearm and hand fractures, there are certain steps that an athlete can take to protect themselves from these kinds of injuries.
Learn how to fall – From a young age, our instincts tell us to protect our bodies from falls by bracing ourselves with our arms/hands. By relying on pads or rolling through a fall, you save your arms from getting dangerously trapped beneath you or others.
Play at 100% – Whether you weren’t paying full attention or you were heading into a collision timidly, not putting forth your full energy can leave you susceptible to injuries.
Take care of your body – Eating properly and exercising will make sure that your body is readily prepared for whatever life throws your way. No matter your age, taking care of your muscles and bones will give you the best possible chance to prevent falls and collisions from turning into painful injuries.
If you’ve sustained a sports injury and are looking for the most capable hands to return you to your full athletic capabilities, All-Pro Orthopedics has been providing 5 Star medical services to athletes in Palmetto, West Palm Beach, Pembroke Pines and Hollywood regions.

Common Questions about Hand Fracture Treatment

How do I know if my hand is broken?

It’s common to overlook the pain from your hand. Hand fractures are frustrating injuries, yet they are prevalent. Receiving fast and effective treatment will ensure that you retain your hands’ full function, strength, and motion.

Immediately seek medical attention if you experience any of these symptoms after an injury to your hand:

  • Swelling
  • Pain
  • short finger with deformity
  • Inability to move the finger
  • Finger crossing over other fingers when making a partial fist
  • Less prominent or noticeable knuckle

What should I do about my hand fracture?

In any injury, the faster you act, the faster the healing process will begin, and the more likely you will achieve a full recovery. It’s also essential to seek professional help. As with any fracture, putting off a professional diagnosis only increases your risk of poor recovery.


Your first reaction should be to apply the RICE method. Rest the hand, apply an ice compress to the area, and elevate the hand to limit the initial swelling. In addition, it’s essential not to use the injured hand at all to prevent further injuries.

Head to the nearest All-Pro Orthopedics and Sports Medicine in any of our Florida locations for a complete diagnosis and treatment. Our specialists can take care of a broken hand.

What are the different types of hand fractures?

Hand fractures are frustrating injuries. There are various types of hand fractures, so correct diagnosis is essential to provide appropriate hand fracture treatment. Specialists from our different Florida locations can offer a complete diagnosis. 

  • Stable fracture – When the bone is still aligned after the break.
  • Unstable fracture – The post-break bone fragments have shifted out of regular alignment.
  • Comminuted – The fractured bone splits into more than two pieces.
  • Open (compound) fracture – The fracture forced the broken bone through the skin.

How will an orthopedic specialist treat my hand fracture?

Fortunately, we can treat most hand fractures without the need for surgery. Our Florida orthopedic specialists will assess the injury and order any necessary x-rays to determine the severity of the break and how to proceed with treatment.

It is usually possible to realign the bones without surgery by manipulating them under local anesthesia. The bone may be immobilized and held in place by a cast, splint, or fracture brace. A cast may extend from the fingertips almost to the elbow to stabilize the fracture.

How long is recovery from a hand fracture?

Recovery time from a hand fracture depends on the severity. In general, most hand fractures will heal within 4 to 6 weeks. 

You’ll have to wear the cast, splint, or brace the entire time. The amount of time it takes to heal depends on several factors, including your overall health, your diet, how cautious you are, how attentive you are to your doctor, and the quicker your recovery will be.