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A hand or upper extremity fracture occurs when a fracture, commonly known as a break or crack in a bone, occurs in the upper extremity. This includes the fingers, hand, wrist, forearm, elbow and upper arm.
The four main types of fractures include:
The signs and symptoms of a bone fracture include:
A broken bone is diagnosed by examination and x-rays (pictures taken to look at the bones). Sometimes your child’s doctor will order an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) to get a closer look at the area.
Doctors can treat most fractures by immobilizing (holding in place) the joint or bone, which is done with a splint, cast or brace.
In other cases, the broken bone will need a reduction (when your child’s doctor puts the bone in the right place or straightens the bone out).
All bone fractures will take time to heal. Activity will be limited while the bone is healing, and your child’s doctor will decide how much time is needed based on the type and location of the fracture.
In some cases your child may need surgery to fix the bone.
What to expect after the surgery:
Our Hand and Upper Extremity Program team at Children’s Colorado provides a comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach to the care of your child. This means you have access to leading specialists from multiple departments who work together to treat your child.
Your child’s care team includes pediatric experts from orthopedic surgery, physical medicine, rehabilitation, occupational therapy and nursing.
Pediatrics, Sports Medicine