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Hand & Finger Fractures

Hand and finger fractures are common in people who participate in sports or who are involved in any type of trauma to the upper extremity. Fractures to the bones in the hands (metacarpals) or to those of the fingers (phalanges) may cause the hand to become painful, swollen or anatomically distorted. The only way to know the difference between a “sprain” and a “fracture” is with an X-ray. Overall, you may find that the term fracture and broken-bone are used interchangeably in the healthcare field as they mean the same thing.