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I think I have a hand fracture, what do I do now?

Signs you may have a fracture

If you have fallen on an outstretched hand, caught your finger in the door or knocked your finger in a game and are not sure if you have fractured your bones, here are some signs to look for. 

  • Tenderness at the site of injury 
  • Bruising or colour changes
  • Pain, which may worsen with positioning or use of the hand 
  • Swelling 
  • Obvious deformity, this is not with all cases
  • Numbness in you hand or fingers
  • Changes to the length of the finger, it may appear shorter
  • Scissoring, where your affected finger is crossing/scissoring over

 I think I have a fracture, what do I do now?

If you have some of these signs and think you have a fracture, here are some of the things that you can do. 

  • Book an appointment with us. We can assess and assist with diagnosis of your fracture. We can also facilitate obtaining imaging, such as Xrays and a surgical referral, if required. 
  • Attend your GP. Your GP may refer you to an outpatients clinic for further management of your fracture.

If you are concerned and think that you require immediate medical attention

  • Attend an Emergency Room at your local public hospital
  • If you have private health insurance, attend your closest private hospital Emergency Room 
  • In emergency cases, contact an Ambulance 


So there you have a quick guide on what to do if you think you have a fracture. We can help assesstreat and diagnose your fracture. You can book an appointment online or via phone, so we can get you back to doing the things that you love.

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