Swollen hand

Swelling on the hand which may come on gradually but more often will be sudden onset from an acute or traumatic injury. Swelling may also be accompanied by bruising over time. It is important to seek medical advice if you suspect a fracture of the hand.

  • Metacarpal Fracture

    Metacarpal Fracture

    The metacarpal bones are the five long bones in the hand. Any of these bones can be broken or fractured but the 1st metacarpal under the base of the thumb is the most commonly injured. The fracture is usually caused by a direct impact which causes pain in the area. Treatment for these kinds of fractures usually involves immobilisation in a cast followed by strengthening exercises.

  • Boxer's Fracture

    Boxers Fracture

    A Boxer's fracture is a break to either the 4th or the 5th Metacarpals which are the long bones on the outside of the hand. As the name indicates, this injury is usually caused by a hard impact against the hand, like a punch. Read more about how this hand injury can be treated.

  • Rolando Fracture

    Rolando Fracture

    A Rolando Fracture is a fracture to the base of the 1st metacarpal where it joins the carpal bones between the thumb and the wrist. This is similar to the Bennett fracture, although a little more complex to treat as the metacarpal is fractured into several pieces. This causes considerable thumb and wrist pain, with surgery nearly always needed.

  • Bruised Hand

    Bruised Hand

    A bruised hand, also known as a hand contusion, occurs due to a direct trauma of the hand. Impacts and crush injuries are the most common causes. This hand injury usually results in bleeding and subsequent bruising, and will be painful to touch. Rest and ice are two of the main ways to help this injury.

  • Hand & Finger Injuries

    Injuries to the hand and fingers are common in sports and must be taken seriously. Injuries in this area can be very debilitating and if treated incorrectly they can have long-term consequences in terms of hand and finger function.