Fractures Specialist

The Hand Center

Kelley Wear, MD

ABS Certified Hand and Wrist Surgeon located in Broomfield, CO & Thornton, CO

Have you injured your hand or wrist? Dr. Kelley Wear, at The Hand Center in Broomfield and Thornton, Colorado, is an expert hand and wrist surgeon who wants nothing more than for you to get back to your usual activities or back in the game as quickly and safely as possible. If you live in Boulder, Denver, or the surrounding metro areas, please call or use the online booking agent to schedule a consultation.

Fractures Q & A

What is a hand or wrist fracture?

A hand or wrist fracture is a break in any of the bones in your hand or wrist. A break can occur from any number of different types of injuries, including skiing, climbing, football, other sports, a fall, or a motor vehicle accident.

Symptoms that may indicate you fractured your hand or wrist include:

  • Pain and swelling
  • Bruising
  • Noticeable deformity
  • Inability to move a finger
  • Shortened finger

If you suspect a broken hand or wrist, Dr. Wear can help. After an examination and X-rays, she can confirm a fracture.

What type of treatment do I need for a hand or wrist fracture?

In many cases, your fracture can heal without the need for surgery. Dr. Wear may recommend a splint or cast to help set your bones for healing.

However, if your fracture is serious or the break doesn’t line up correctly, Dr. Wear may recommend surgery. An open fracture, which is when your bone breaks through the skin, also requires surgery.

During the surgical procedure, Dr. Wear may make an incision, will position the bones and fragments, and may secure the placement with pins, wires, screws, or plates.

After surgery, you may need to wear a splint or cast for a set period of time to keep your bones in place. If you are having pain or difficulty using your hand or wrist after an injury, Dr. Wear can examine you, take X-rays as needed, and create a personalized treatment plan based on your diagnosis, health, and recovery goals.

Treatment depends on the type and severity of the broken bone and may include immobilization, repositioning the fracture under local anesthesia, or surgery.

For expert hand and wrist care, call The Hand Center or schedule an appointment online.