At OIC, your child will receive hand trauma treatment from award-winning doctors in pediatric orthopedics. Our state-of-the-art technology helps us treat our patients and get them on the path to living full and active lives.
It’s easy to take the hands and wrists for granted—until one of them isn’t working properly. If your child has a hand injury, the tendons, ligaments, muscles, bones or joints that make up their hands and wrists may stop functioning correctly. If you suspect your child has had an injury to their hand, they should be seen right away. These types of injuries can affect how well your child can use their hands, and can have a negative impact on their everyday quality of life.
There are several types of hand injuries your child may experience. Some are from traumas—single events like a car accident or a fall. Other injuries develop over time, from overuse or repeated injuries that weaken the parts of the hand. These injuries may include:
Symptoms can vary from injury to injury, and child to child. The most common include:
Depending on the type of injury, symptoms may come on right away, or develop gradually.
A diagnosis begins with a physical exam where our orthopedic doctors will look at the injury and perform small tests like pushing lightly on the area. Our doctors may then order imaging tests like X-rays or computed tomography (CT) scans to get a better understanding of the injury. If there is a lot of swelling, your child may give a fluid sample to make sure there isn’t an infection.
The hand trauma experts at OIC can provide several types of treatment, depending on your child’s specific needs. Types of treatment may include:
Surgery for children with hand trauma should be done by a highly skilled pediatric orthopedic hand doctor, who is experienced in surgical repairing the many tiny bones in the hand and wrist.
At OIC, we take a collaborative approach to diagnosing and treating fractures. Our team of experts are led by the following specialist:
Based on your child’s condition, your team could include: