Hand & Finger Fractures
Symptoms & Treatment Options
Your hand consists of 27 bones: eight bones in your wrist (carpals), five bones in the palm of your hand (metacarpals), and 14 bones in your fingers (phalanges). The bones in a normal hand line up precisely, and they enable you to perform many specialized functions, such as grasping a pen or manipulating small objects in your palm.
Although the bones in the hand are small, a fractured hand or finger is not a minor injury. When you fracture a finger bone, it can cause your whole hand to be out of alignment. Without treatment, your broken finger might remain stiff and painful.