A hand or upper extremity fracture occurs when a break or crack in the bone occurs in either the hand, wrist, fingers, forearm, elbow and upper arm. Each injury is thoroughly evaluated for its optimal treatment and functional impact.
Are there different types of fractures?
Bone fractures are classified into different types based on the location of the break, force of the njury, pattern of the fracture, and its exposure. These types include:
- Transverse fracture: This type of fractures occurs as a straight, horizontal line going across the bone shaft.
- Oblique fracture: In this type of fracture, the break is an angled line across the shaft of the bone.
- Comminuted fracture: This is a severe type of fracture where the bone breaks into three or more pieces.
- Spiral fracture: This fracture is caused by twisting. The fracture line will encircle the bone.
- Open fracture: Also known as a compound fracture, this break causes serious damage to the surrounding soft tissue. Bone fragments protrude out through the skin to the external air.
- Stress fracture: Also referred to as a hairline fracture, this break appears as small thin cracks in the bone and occurs due to overuse and/or wear and tear.
What types of conditions does Sonoma County Orthopedics & Podiatric Specialists treat?
- Scaphoid Fracture
- Wrist Fracture
- Broken Fingertip
- Broken Hand
- Broken Arm
- Elbow Fracture
- Arm Casts
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