The hand and wrist consist of numerous bones, and fractures can involve various areas, including the fingers, metacarpals, and carpal bones. Hand and wrist fractures are common injuries due to falls, sports-related accidents, and traumatic impacts.
- Carpal Fractures: The carpal bones in the wrist can also sustain fractures. Common carpal fractures include scaphoid fractures, lunate fractures, and triquetral fractures. These injuries may cause wrist pain, limited movement, and tenderness over the affected bone.
- Scaphoid Fractures: Fractures of the scaphoid bone, a carpal bone on the thumb side of the wrist. A scaphoid fracture occurs in the scaphoid bone, one of the carpal bones on the thumb side of the wrist. This type of fracture can be challenging to diagnose, and prompt treatment is essential to prevent complications. Symptoms include pain, tenderness, and limited wrist movement.
- Bennett's Fracture: Bennett's fractures involve the base of the first metacarpal bone, which meets the wrist joint. These fractures may require surgical intervention due to the risk of joint instability.
- Hamate Fracture: The hamate bone is on the pinky side of the wrist. Fractures of this bone can result from stress or direct trauma, causing pain and tenderness.
- Pisiform Fracture: The pisiform bone is a small bone near the palm's base. Fractures of this bone can lead to pain and tenderness on the pinky side of the wrist.