Broken Bone in Hand, Fingers, Wrist, Forearm, Elbow or Upper Arm
A hand or upper extremity fracture occurs when a fracture, commonly known as a break or crack in a bone, occurs in the upper extremity.
There are several types of fractures that can occur in the upper extremities including:
- Intra-articular fracture - a break which extends into the joint such as the wrist or elbow
- Displaced fracture - bone breaks and is no longer straight
- Non-displaced fracture - bone breaks in one spot and is still straight
- Open fracture - the bone breaks through the skin - with a significant risk of infection
Symptoms, Diagnosis and Outlook
The signs and symptoms of a bone fracture differ according to their severity and location. Common symptoms include:
- Bone is no longer straight
- Difficulty moving the affected area
- Loss of feeling or strength
Diagnosis for upper extremity fracture may include:
- Physical exam
- CT scan
- MRI scan
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Penn State Health includes the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, ranked as one of the best orthopaedic providers in the country by U.S. News & World Report. This honor was earned because our doctors consistently deliver exceptional patient care and outcomes through advanced treatments, translational research and provider training.
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Penn State Health offers leading-edge care for upper extremity fractures. We have upper extremity specialists and a team of experts uses a multidisciplinary, collaborative approach to offer a wide range of care that includes surgery, chronic pain management and therapy services to improve your body’s function and movement. We are a regional resource for complex orthopaedic trauma reconstruction cases.
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