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Hand Injuries: Top 3 Caused By Car Accidents

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Hand Injuries: Top 3 Caused By Car Accidents


When people think of car accident injuries, the first thing that comes to mind are injuries to the broken backs, whiplash, and head wounds. One injury that is often overlooked, though, are those to the hand. Hand injuries, though, are far more common in car accidents than people generally assume.

The human hand is a complex mechanism composed of 27 bones, 29 joints, and over 123 various ligaments and tendons. In the long run, even the most minor injury to the hand can cascade into much larger problems.

Below are the 3 most common hand injuries caused by car accidents.

Fractures and Broken Bones

One of the most common hand injuries caused by car accidents are broken or fractured bones. For drivers, the so-called boxer’s fracture happens happens because drivers are typically holding the steering wheel at the time of the accident. This injury occurs along the bony part of the hand where the knuckles form. Oftentimes hand fractures can be treated with a cast or physical therapy. However, more serious injuries might require surgery and long-term rehabilitation.

Ligament Injuries

Injuries involving ligaments in the hand can happen from minor situations such as hyperextension or more painful injuries like the ligament being torn apart. Ligament injuries can be rather serious if not treated promptly and properly. Minor strains can be treated with splints and physical therapy. If the ligament is torn though, surgery might be the only option.

Joint Dislocation

The hand contains several joints that can become easily dislocated during a car accident. The most common place for just such a dislocation is the middle knuckle of the hand, otherwise known as the proximal IP joint. This joint can be reset with a manual adjustment made by a medical professional. If the adjustment does not work, an immobilization splint may be necessary.

If you’ve suffered a hand injury following an automobile accident, do not hesitate to consult with a doctor or a medical professional. Hand injuries shouldn’t be ignored. More often than not, hand injuries require some sort of physical therapy in order for full functionality to be restored.

You Deserve an Advocate

After you’ve received medical treatment, don’t wait to contact The Advocates for a free case evaluation regarding your car accident. You shouldn’t have to pay for someone else’s mistakes. Hands make life demonstrably easier. When it comes to hands, you never know what you had until it’s long gone.

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