Some wrist and hand conditions can be addressed with rest, ice, light compression and elevation. For fractures, the ultimate goal is to stabilize the fracture site in a good position so that appropriate healing may take place. Casting is normally the treatment of choice and may take 6 weeks to be fully healed.
In the event that the fracture is displaced, then our orthopaedist will most likely need to re-set the bones, which is usually done under local anesthesia. At times, the fractured hand is unstable, meaning that it will not maintain good position with reset and casting. In this case, a surgical procedure will be required.
When treating deformities such as a finger that is fixed in a bent or flexed position, a common technique is to apply custom splinting and prolonged stretching to regain the range of motion and function. On occasion, surgery may be required to physically correct the deformity, especially in chronic situations.