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Broken Hand

Swelling and Bruising Makes It Hard to Use This Hand

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Updated July 26, 2010

Broken Hand
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Fractures of the hand can be difficult because of the hand's complicated bone structure. There are 8 bones in the wrist (carpals) and 5 bones in the hand (metacarpals). Plus, there are 14 finger and thumb bones in each hand (phalanges).

Treating hand fractures includes ice and elevation as well as immobilizing the hand in what's known as position of function.

Any opinions expressed here are for educational purposes only and are not intended for diagnosis.

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