People who are involved in car crashes may find themselves struggling with hand injuries. When they hold onto the wheel and grip it during a crash, it’s totally normal for the wrists to take a great deal of force. That force can break bones.
Sometimes, it’s the airbag that impacts the hands, causing broken bones and injuries. Other times, debris leads to lacerations.
Regardless of how the injuries happen, those with hand injuries should know that they can be serious and lead to major complications throughout life.
How can a broken hand affect you in the long-term?
Looking at the long-term, how your broken hand affects you will depend on the severity of your injuries and how they impacted your bones, ligaments, tendons and joints. People with broken hands often have pain, stiffness and trouble moving the fingers, wrists or hands. Some people will develop deformities, like crooked fingers.
If your hands were badly broken, you may need to have surgery to insert pins and wires to hold the bones in place. Pins, plates and screws are used to hold together the most serious fractures where bones have fragmented. In acute cases where bones have been crushed, a bone graft may be needed.
Unfortunately, not all fractures completely heal, which can be a problem for those with broken hands. As a result, your hands could be stiff or weak after they have technically healed. Some patients later develop arthritis or see poor growth in the area if the growth plates were impacted at a young age.