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Hand and Finger Fractures

Hand Fracture XrayFractures (breaks in the bone) are common childhood injuries. Fractures are most common in the upper extremities. Signs your child may have a fracture include:

  • Swelling or bruising
  • Injured area is very painful to touch or move
  • Deformity (the bone may be poking through the skin)

Take your child to the nearest emergency department right away if you believe he may have a fracture. An X-ray is the only way to know for sure if a bone is fractured. Based on the type of fracture, a splint, cast or surgery may be needed for the bone to heal properly. More complex fractures may require reconstructive surgery.