Crush injuries of the hands and fingers can be very serious, even life threatening. To complicate diagnosis and treatment, some crush injuries leave few external wounds, and damage to the internal tissues may take several days to develop.
Symptoms of Crush Injuries
Crush injuries to the hands or fingers can include fractures and dislocated bones. lacerations, contusions, fragments of objects or dirt imbedded in the tissue or bones. Often, tendons and nerves located in the fingers and hands will be affected by a crush injury. If nerves are injured, tingling and numbness or paralysis might result, either temporarily or permanently and if tendons are injured it may be difficult to bend or extend your hand and fingers.
Causes of Hand & Finger Crush Injuries
Crush injuries occur when the hands or fingers are subjected to a forceful compression, which causes shearing, contusion stretching, and pressure on these body parts. Examples include: getting hands or fingers caught in any kind of wringer or roller mechanism; high impact accident such as an auto accident; or having something heavy drop onto the hands or fingers.
Your Treatment Options
The treatment for crush injuries involves a thorough assessment of all injuries caused by the accident. Your hand surgeon will work closely with the therapists at Hayes Hand Center to assess the severity of your crush injury and develop a treatment plan that may include surgery, in office therapy, and at home therapy to help you regain the functional use of your hand and fingers.