Breaking a hand can be a painful and distressing experience but also a very inconvenient one. If you break your hand and have to be put into a broken hand cast, you will find it very difficult to carry out day to day tasks such as bathing, washing up, cooking, and even getting dressed. Unfortunately, it can take a while for a broken hand to heal depending on the seriousness of the injury. Even when the broken hand cast comes off, you may struggle to move your hand properly because it has been out of action for some time, so the effects can last for longer than just the period during which the cast is on. There are various hand fracture types, and this can also affect recovery time.
What are the signs of a broken hand?
When you break your hand, you may need to have a broken hand splint, a hand fracture bandage, or some other form of broken hand treatment such as the broken hand cast. You may be unsure whether you have suffered a break or not, as sometimes it can be difficult to tell. However, there are some signs that could indicate a break. This includes:
- Bruised and swollen hand
- Hand pain
- Weakness of the hand
- Inability to pick up or grasp anything
- Unable to move the hand
- Finger or fingers misaligned
What causes a broken hand?
A number of things can result in a broken hand. This can include injuries such as blunt trauma, trips and falls, injuries through crushing, getting the hand trapped, and injuries sustained while taking part in sports. There are various different bones that can be broken in the hand and this may affect the treatment as well as the recovery time.
What is the usual healing time for a broken hand in a cast?
The broken hand healing time may vary depending on how serious the injuries were and which part of the hand was broken. In general, you may be looking at around three or four weeks but if the break was more serious and surgery was required, this could be much longer. Taking care not to further damage or strain your broken hand in cast during recovery will help with the healing time. Also, making sure you have physiotherapy after the broken hand cast comes off will help you in terms of gaining mobility in your hand again. You can get free private treatment for this – call us today for further details.
What free private treatment can I qualify for?
You may be able to qualify for a range of private treatment when it comes to your broken hand. Depending on the severity and location of the break, you may need a hand splint, bandages or a broken hand cast. You can access all of these treatments free of charge as well as physiotherapy to help you get movement back into your hand. To find out more about accessing free private treatment, get in touch with us.
How can I recover safer and possibly faster?
Taking care not to put strain and pressure on your hand while recovering will help to ensure that recovery is faster and safer. However, you also need to remember that after the cast is off, you need to start doing gentle hand exercises to bring back movement after being in the cast. Having physiotherapy will help with this and can help you to complete the healing process more effectively. If you are interested in free private physiotherapy in your area, simply call us today.
Contact us to find out if you qualify for free private treatment
Many people go through the NHS because they do not realise that free private treatment is available to them. However, we can arrange this for residents in the UK regardless of their location. If you would like to find out whether you are eligible for this type of treatment and would like further information, just pick up the phone and speak to a member of the team.