Hand injuries can range from fractures and joint dislocations to pulled tendons and amputations. Doctors at Dignity Health caring for a hand injury provide treatment to relieve your symptoms, heal the problem, and rehabilitate the affected area.
No matter what you do each day, you rely on your hands a lot. When one or both of your hands are injured, it’s important to see a doctor who can deliver quality hand injury care in the Sacramento region. The experts at Dignity Health can provide the level of care you need. Find a Doctor near you today.
Your Hand Injury Care in the Sacramento Region
The focus of our hand injury care is to relieve pain and preserve or restore normal function of your hand. Your orthopedist go over your options with you to find a solution that works for your unique needs.
Common hand injuries we treat at Dignity Health include:
- Accidental amputation: Amputations can range from off part of your finger to completely severing a finger.
- Hand fracture: Some breaks are simple, with the bones still lined up correctly and in position. In more serious fractures, pieces of the bone move out of alignment, and may break through the skin.
- Tendon injury: Tendons may be cut or torn completely away from the bone.
Depending on the severity of an accidental amputation, an orthopedic surgeon may be able to reattach the part of the hand that was severed. For a finger that has been fully cut off, your doctor will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of reattaching it. In some cases, your surgeon may use a skin graft to cover your wound.
For minor hand fractures, a cast or splint can keep the area still until it heals. More serious fractures may require surgery and metal hardware (pins, screws, or plates) to hold the bones in place while they heal. If your bone is crushed, you might need a bone graft, in which bone from another part of your body will be removed and used in your hand.
For a severed tendon, your orthopedic surgeon uses sutures to repair the tendon and any injured nerves or blood vessels in the area. If the tendon is torn, you may only need a splint to restrict movement while the tendon heals. Sometimes scar tissue can form around an injured tendon. If scar tissue causes significant trouble moving your hand, you may need surgery to remove the scar tissue.
Recovering from a Hand Injury
Depending on the severity of your injury and treatment received, your hand may take several weeks or months to heal. Hand therapy with one of our skilled occupational or physical therapists can help restore movement and function of your injured hand. This rehabilitation process may include special exercises, pain relief techniques, and instructions on how to use adaptive devices so you can get back to your regular activities. Offered at our six state-of-the-art hospitals, Dignity Health provides advanced, personalized hand injury care in the Sacramento region.