Hand and wrist injuries can occur for a variety of reasons, and include sprains, strains, dislocated joints, bone fractures, broken bones, and even accidental amputation. Orthopedic doctors at Dignity Health focus on relieving symptoms of pain and discomfort, correcting deformity, and restoring function and mobility.
Hand & Wrist Injuries We Treat at Dignity Health
Dignity Health emergency and orthopedic departments extend care for a wide range of wrist and hand injuries, including:
- Tendon injuries. A tendon may get cut or separate completely away from the bone.
- Hand and wrist fractures. Some fractures may be mild, with bones not shifting out of alignment. Serious fractures can cause bones to move out of place, and even break through the skin.
- Accidental amputation. This can range from losing a small amount of skin to a completely severed finger or hand.
If you or a loved has experienced an injury to your hand, wrist, or forearm, visit Dignity Health for the treatment you need. We offer effective, compassionate treatment for hand and wrist injuries in Arizona. For excellence in care, Find a Doctor at a Dignity Health hospital near you.
What to Expect With Hand & Wrist Injury Care
For sprains, strains, and minor fractures and cuts, your provider can treat you in an outpatient office setting. For more severe hand or wrist injuries, you may need treatment at a Dignity Health hospital emergency room or orthopedic department.
Your doctor can treat a mild hand fracture with a splint or a cast, immobilizing it during the healing process. A more serious fracture may need surgery, including metal hardware — pins, plates, or screws — to help hold the bones together during recovery. If a bone in your hand or wrist has been crushed, a bone graft may be needed from another part of your body.
A frayed or severed tendon will be repaired with sutures. Your doctor may tell you to limit motion while the tendon heals. Sometimes, scar tissue can develop around an injured tendon, making it difficult to move your hand. In these cases, a surgeon can perform minimally invasive surgery to remove the scar tissue.
For amputations, an orthopedic surgeon may be able to reattach the part of the hand that was severed (depending on the severity of the injury). Skin grafts may be used to cover the wound.
Comprehensive orthopedic programs can be found at these Dignity Health hospitals in Arizona:
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Hand & Wrist Injury Recovery
It can take up to several weeks or even months for injuries to the wrist or hand to heal properly. Your provider may recommend physical or occupational therapy to help you regain function and mobility. Your recovery may include hand and wrist exercises, pain relief medication, and learning to use adaptive devices.
Providers at Dignity Health hospitals and outpatient centers provide quality care for hand and wrist injuries in Arizona, as part of our orthopedic services.