Traumatic Hand Injury Treatment Pensacola
Our hands are the primary way that we interact with our environment. Not surprisingly traumatic hand and upper extremity injuries are very common and account for a large percentage of emergency department visits each year. A person living the United States has a 1 in 88 chance each year of injuring their hand severe enough to require care in an emergency department.* Our hands are very complex structures with an elegant relationship among multiple bones, ligaments, tendons, nerves, arteries, veins and skin. There is no single treatment modality for all traumatic hand injuries; however, the goal in treating all injuries remains the same – to preserve as much function as possible. The quandary in treating hand injuries is the balance between stability and mobility. Many injuries need to be stabilized so they can heal; however, stabilization can also lead to permanent stiffness and decreased mobility. Therefore, the treatment modality chosen for a given injury is one that will stabilize the injured tissue in the least invasive way while allowing motion as early as possible. Working closely with a hand therapist is the best way to optimize your outcome after a traumatic hand injury.
Hand Injury Treatments
*Ootes, D., Lambers, K. T., & Ring, D. C. (2012). The epidemiology of upper extremity injuries presenting to the emergency department in the united states. Hand (New York, N.Y.), 7(1), 18-22. doi:10.1007/s11552-011-9383-z