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
  • Pain
  • Swelling

Diagnosis for upper extremity fracture may include:

  • Physical exam
  • X-rays
  • 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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