What You Need to Know About Hand Trauma

hand traumaWrist and hand injuries affected 25.6 million people between 2009 and 2018, proving that hand trauma is prevalent. Whether you have lacerations or joint injuries, you can receive treatment to alleviate your pain, discomfort, and reduced quality of life. Explore the basics of hand trauma and how it’s treated.

What Is Hand Trauma?

Hand trauma is a serious hand injury that can be caused by overuse or an accident. Traumatic lacerations are one example of hand trauma, which can occur at the workplace if your job requires you to frequently use heavy machinery. You can also experience a traumatic laceration at home.

Hand or arm dismemberment is another type of traumatic injury you might experience, especially from a kitchen or workplace incident.

Joint injuries frequently affect the hands, which in turn impacts the surrounding soft tissue, ligaments, joint capsules, cartilage, and bones. Experiencing joint injuries in the hand can sideline you, leaving you unable to carry out basic tasks.

What Treatment Options Are Available for Hand Trauma?

When you see a hand trauma expert, you can explore a variety of treatment options and surgeries to restore your hands.

  • Amputation: Although not ideal, if a limb is dismembered or an infection has occurred, amputation could be the best treatment. Since hand or finger amputation affects everything from the blood vessels to the bones, you will need specialized care from trusted professionals.
  • Replantation: Replantation can reattach the severed limb in most instances but must be performed quickly after the accident.
  • Joint replacements: If you’ve been diagnosed with a joint disorder affecting the hands, treating joint injuries might start with prescription medication and physical therapy. However, you may need artificial joint replacement if your joints don’t respond to those treatments.

Have a Hand Trauma Consultation Today at Elite Plastic Surgery

The Elite Plastic Surgery team are hand trauma experts. When you come in for an appointment, you’ll receive a careful, thorough assessment to determine the extent of the damage and what treatment will be most effective. Set up your appointment by phone at 616-459-4131 or use the Online contact form.

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