Commonly caused by a fall, direct blow, or a sports-related injury, a hand fracture occurs when there is a break or crack in one of the hand’s 27 bones. This injury can cause significant pain, swelling, a reduced range of motion, and numbness.
Sometimes, the cause of the broken hand is unavoidable, such as an accident or car crash; however, there are steps you can take to help decrease your chances of experiencing a hand fracture.
One way to prevent hand fractures is to build strong bones. This can be accomplished by getting enough calcium and vitamin D in your diet as well as doing weight-bearing exercises.
Other ways to decrease your risk of a hand fracture include:
- Avoiding wet surfaces when possible
- Installing handrails on stairways and grab bars in bathrooms
- Making sure your home has adequate lighting
- Removing tripping hazards, such as rugs
- Wearing practical shoes
For more information on preventing hand fractures or if you think you might have a broken hand, contact the hand experts at The Hand & Upper Extremity Center of Georgia by calling (404) 238-7280 or request an appointment online.