Sometimes it’s hard to tell if you’ve broken a bone in your hand, but it’s important to treat it right away so your bones can heal in proper alignment. Jonathan Oheb, MD, with offices in Encino and Mission Hills, California, is a highly-regarded orthopedic surgeon and hand surgeon, who specializes in diagnosing and treating hand fractures. If you’ve fallen or had an injury and experience pain and swelling in your hand, contact one Dr. Oheb’s offices right away so you can get expert care for any type of hand fracture. Call the office or schedule an appointment using the online booking tool.
Hand fractures involve a break in any of the five bones in your hand that connect your fingers to your wrist. These bones are called the metacarpal bones.
You can fracture your hand in several ways:
Dr. Oheb examines your hand and most likely requests X-rays to accurately diagnose the severity of your fracture. Depending on the severity of your injury to one or more of your metacarpal bones, you may be able to heal wearing a cast or splint for support. Alternatively, Dr. Oheb may need to perform surgery to realign the bones so they heal properly.
There are several reasons you may need surgery to realign the broken bone or bones in your hand. Signs of hand fractures that may need surgery include:
In some cases, Dr. Oheb may need to insert pins or screws to hold the broken bone fragments together in their proper alignment as they heal. It’s typical to wear a cast over your hand and wrist as you heal from surgery.
If you have an injury or a fall and your hand becomes swollen and painful, it may be a sign that you broke one or more metacarpal bones. Other symptoms include:
It may take a couple months before your hand is fully restored and you’re able to participate in physical activities. Once Dr. Oheb stabilizes your fractured hand, he gives you instructions on how to help your bones heal. He monitors your progress to make sure your bones are healing as they should and advises you how long you need to wear the splint or cast.
Dr. Oheb has two offices located conveniently in Los Angeles County and patients drive from all over just to see him. Patients travel from areas such as West Hills, Canoga Park, Winnetka, Reseda, Lake Balboa, Woodland Hills, Hidden Hills, Chatsworth, North Hills, Panorama City, Van Nuys, North Hollywood, Tarzana, Sherman Oaks, Studio City, Mission Hills, San Fernando, Granada Hills, Porter Ranch, Sylmar, Santa Clarita, Burbank, and Glendale.
If you injured your hand and think it might be broken, it’s important to call the office or schedule an appointment online as soon as possible so you can get the orthopedic expertise you need.