Hand trauma involves mostly broken bones or lacerated tendons and nerves. Following hand fractures, an assessment is made as to whether the fracture is stable and satisfactorily aligned. If so, a splint is manufactured and worn to immobilize the fracture for 3-6 weeks to allow bone healing. If the fracture is unstable or not adequately aligned, an operative realignment and internal stabilization may be required. Often a splint is required after fracture surgery.
With lacerated tendons, a surgical repair is required followed by extensive splinting and hand therapy for the best results.
With most hand injuries, a referral is made to the NRGH Hand Therapy Department for manufacture of customized splints and hand therapy. In this department, there are four Certified Hand Therapists to guide patients through their post-injury recovery.