Hand fractures: a review of current treatment strategies

J Hand Surg Am. 2013 May;38(5):1021-31; quiz 1031. doi: 10.1016/j.jhsa.2013.02.017.


Fractures of the tubular bones of the hand are common and potentially debilitating. The majority of these injuries may be treated without an operation. Surgery, however, offers distinct advantages in properly selected cases. We present a review of hand fracture management, with special attention paid to advances since 2008. The history and mechanisms of these fractures are discussed, as are treatment options and common complications. Early mobilization of the fractured hand is emphasized because soft tissue recovery may be more problematic than that of bone.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • External Fixators
  • Finger Injuries / surgery
  • Fracture Fixation / methods*
  • Fractures, Bone / diagnosis
  • Fractures, Bone / surgery*
  • Hand Injuries / diagnosis
  • Hand Injuries / surgery*
  • Humans
  • Intra-Articular Fractures / surgery
  • Metacarpal Bones / injuries
  • Splints*
  • Suture Techniques
  • Thumb / injuries
  • Wound Healing