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Hand Fracture

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jul 7, 2024.

A hand fracture is a break in a bone in your hand.


Return to the emergency department if:

Call your doctor or hand specialist if:


You may need any of the following:

Manage your symptoms:

Bathing with a cast or splint:

Your healthcare provider will tell you when it is okay to take a bath or shower. Do not let your cast or splint get wet. Before bathing, cover the cast or splint with a plastic bag. Tape the bag to your skin above the cast or splint to seal out water. Keep your hand out of the water in case the bag breaks or tears.

Cast or splint care:


You may not be able to drive for up to 2 weeks. Ask when it is safe for you to drive and return to other activities, such as sports.

Follow up with your doctor or hand specialist as directed:

You may need to return to have your cast, splint, or stitches removed. Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

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