The hand and wrist consist of 27 bones. When the other associated structures (nerves, arteries, veins, muscles, tendons, ligaments, and joint cartilage) are considered, the potential for a variety of injuries exists when trauma involves the hand.
Hand and wrist injuries account for nearly 10% of hospital Emergency Department visits.
Urgency of Treatment
The goal with injuries to the hand and wrist is a rapid and accurate initial evaluation. Once an injury occurs, begin medical treatment quickly so the short- and long-term effects can be minimized.
Hand and wrist injuries account for nearly 10% of hospital Emergency Department visits. The most common cause of the injuries was blunt trauma (50%) followed by injury from a sharp object (25%).
How does a Sprain Differ?
A sprain to these structures is an injury to the ligaments without any evidence of bone injury (that is, no broken bones or cracks in the bone). With a sprain, there is usually only a partial tearing of the ligaments. In a severe wrist sprain, there can be a complete tear.
A fractured or broken wrist means there is a break or a crack in one or more of the bones of the hand or wrist.
A strain is where there is a tearing of the muscle fibers in the area surrounding the wrist.
Form follows function in the hand and wrist; therefore, any injury to the underlying structures carries the potential for serious handicap. To reduce this risk, even the smallest hand or wrist injuries require a good medical evaluation.
The lawyers at The DiCello Law Firm have worked on these injuries. They know the hand surgeons and rehabilitation specialists that can help return you to a more healthy condition. At the same time they have the ability to litigate your case in a Court room and bring you the justice and financial security you have lived without for so long.