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Hand and Wrist Procedures
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Introduction

A hand fracture occurs when one of the small bones of the hand is broken. There are several small bones that together make up the supporting framework of the hand. If the fracture is not displaced, a cast or splint can be sufficient for treatment of this fracture. A broken wrist is among the most common broken bones. When you begin to fall, your natural instinct is to put your hands out to catch or break your fall. In doing so, the wrist is often suddenly, and forcefully, torqued or twisted.

Most often, broken wrists can be treated in a cast. The wrist is one area of your body that is very amenable to cast treatment.

Hand

A hand fracture occurs when one of the small bones of the hand is broken. There are several small bones that together make up the supporting framework of the hand. If the fracture is not displaced, a cast or splint can be sufficient for treatment of this fracture.

There are two common types of fractures that occur at the base of the thumb, called Bennett's fracture and Rolando's fracture. These fractures are concerning as the break in the bone involves the joint between the thumb and the wrist. Left untreated, these injuries can cause long-term thumb problems.

A Bennett fracture generally occurs as a result of a fall on the thumb or a direct blow to the thumb. Pain and swelling at the base of the thumb are common symptoms of a Bennett's fracture.

Wrist

A broken wrist is among the most common broken bones. When you begin to fall, your natural instinct is to put your hands out to catch or break your fall. In doing so, the wrist is often suddenly, and forcefully, torqued or twisted . Most often, broken wrists can be treated in a cast. The wrist is one area of your body that is very amenable to cast treatment.

A wrist sprain is when the ligaments of the wrist are stretched beyond their normal limits. A ligament is tough, fibrous tissue that controls the motion around a joint.

Wrist tendonitis, also called tenosynovitis, is characterised by irritation and inflammation of the tendons around the wrist joint. Many tendons surround the wrist joint. Often wrist tendonitis occurs at points where the tendons cross each other or pass over a bony prominence.

The following consultant specialises in hand and wrist procedures: Mr James Hopkinson Woolley.

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