As temperatures heat up and we get closer to summer, a lot of us are heading out to get just a bit more exercise before hitting the beach. Running, biking and rollerblading are among the top forms of activity, but each comes with some risk of injury from trips or falls. What do you do if you accidentally fall and you hear that weird pop? In this article, you’ll find out what to do and where to go if you think you have a hand injury in Miami.
Did I break a bone?
If you were running and tripped, put your hand out to brace your fall and heard a pop or crack, you probably broke something. But that’s not the only way you could have broken something; there are four main causes of broken bones in the hand and wrist area:
- Falling on an outstretched arm, especially from a standing position
- Car accidents or other collisions in which your arms may be outstretched and receive undue pressure
- Something falling on the hand, crushing it
- Accidents while playing sports, i.e., falling, being stepped on, impact from a ball or person
Common symptoms of broken bones in the hand are swelling, pain and bruising in the affected area; difficulty or inability to use or bend the affected fingers; or a crooked finger.
What do I do next?
If you suspect your hand or arm is broken, your best option is to stabilize it and go to the emergency room for an X-ray. Usually there, they will stabilize it and tell you to follow up with an orthopedic specialist. In severe fractures, you may even need surgery. Follow up with the doctor after a fracture is crucial as soon as possible because they will replace the splint with something else that should be better fitted to allow you to move parts that are NOT broken.
Ask your ortho specialist how bad is the fracture? Is it stable? And can you start hand therapy? The follow up with the orthopedic doctor as well as hand therapy in Miami is especially important to reduce the pain, get moving and returning to that active lifestyle faster!
Why do I need hand therapy in Miami?
Hand therapy is the only thing that will enable you to regain full usage and range of motion of your hand and fingers. After you get the cast off, your fingers will be stiff and you’ll wonder if you’ll ever be able to hold a hairbrush again, let alone return to your hobbies. That’s where hand therapy in Miami comes in – our hand therapist at Hands On Therapy gives you strategies and exercises to restore functioning of the hand to the highest level. Occupational therapy in general and hand therapy in particular aim to ensure that you can get back to doing what you love without pain or discomfort. If you have broken a bone or are experiencing any sort of pain in your hand or wrist, get in touch with our certified hand therapist in Miami who is an expert at treating hand injuries of all kinds.