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Breaks and Fractures

Breaks and fractures of the hand and wrist are a common as when we trip or fall we naturally stretch out our arms. Our hands are also particularity susceptible to injury when playing sports.

Our Hand and Wrist Consultants are experts in dealing breaks and fractures of the hand and wrist.

Causes

Broken and fractured bones are caused by a range of trauma and can come from everyday trips or more serious accidents. A fractured wrist, caused by falling down onto an outstretched hand, is one of the most common trauma injuries.

Symptoms

The symptoms range from the obvious such as the snapping or grinding noise at the time of injury to more subtle signs of damage. A bone can be broken even it there is no sign of it breaking the skin and bleeding. Alternative symptoms include severe pain and tenderness, swelling and bruising, difficulty move the limb or joint as well as tingling and numbness.

Diagnosis

A break or fracture should be initially treated at an accident and emergency unit. A physical examination will provide an early assessment and X-rays will be needed if a bone is broken or fractured to get an accurate picture of damage to the bone structure before treatment can be planned.

Treatment

Painkillers are normally administered in the first instance and a splint may be applied or the fingers may be strapped together with padding to immobilise them. This minimises the risk of further damage.

Consultants may be able to re-align bones with expert manipulation but surgery is often required using wires, plates, pins and screws to restore shape and structure. A plaster cast may be used to give the bones protection while they re-grow and heal.

In some cases, a section of bone may be so badly crushed that a bone graft to bridge the gap and promote healing maybe needed. Hand surgeons are experienced and experts at the nuances of repairing and restoring any of the 27 bones that make up the hand and wrist.

Follow-up consultations and physiotherapy are essential to the full rehabilitation of hand function.

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Our Hospital is renowned for providing exemplary levels of care across more than 90 services. From orthopaedics, to urology, our private GP practice and Urgent Care Clinic, our services are led by some of London’s leading Consultants. For more information, and to find a service suitable for your care, find out more about the services that we offer.

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If you have any questions relating to treatment options or pricing information, get in touch with us by filling out one of our contact boxes or giving us a call on 0207 078 3887.

Our Appointments Team have a dedicated and caring approach to finding you the earliest appointment possible with the best specialist.

If you are self-paying you don’t need a referral from your GP for a consultation. You can simply refer yourself* and book an appointment.

If you have health insurance (e.g. Bupa, Axa Health, Aviva), you will need to contact your insurer to get authorisation before any treatment, and in most cases you will also require a referral letter from your GP.

If you are not registered with a GP, we have an in-house private GP practice you can use. Alternatively, we can suggest the most appropriate course of action for you to take, given your location and individual circumstances.

*Please note – for investigations such as X-rays and MRIs, a referral will be required. However, we may be able to arrange this for you through our on-site private GP.

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