Hand Fracture

Your caregiver has diagnosed you with a fractured (broken) bone in your hand. If the bones are in good position and the hand is properly immobilized and rested, these injuries will usually heal in 3 to 6 weeks. A cast, splint, or bulky bandage is usually applied to keep the fracture site from moving. Do not remove the splint or cast until your caregiver approves. If the fracture is unstable or the bones are not aligned properly, surgery may be needed.

Keep your hand raised (elevated) above the level of your heart as much as possible for the next 2 to 3 days until the swelling and pain are better. Apply ice packs for 15 to 20 minutes every 3 to 4 hours to help control the pain and swelling.

See your caregiver or an orthopedic specialist as directed for follow-up care to make sure the fracture is beginning to heal properly.

SEEK IMMEDIATE MEDICAL CARE IF:

  • You notice your fingers are cold, numb, crooked, or the pain of your injury is severe.

  • You are not improving or seem to be getting worse.

  • You have questions or concerns.