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
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.