Emergency Treatment FAQ

These are some questions we are frequently asked regarding hand and wrist injuries that need urgent care.

Q. Are Hand and Upper Limb Fractures Common?

A. Fractures of the upper limb represent a majority of fractures that are care for in Emergency Rooms and Departments.

Q. What should I do If I've been seen in a local emergency room for a hand, wrist, forearm or upper extremity fracture or injury?

A. It is important to follow the ER or ED instructions for post injury care. In addition you should arrange for appropriate follow up care with a qualified physician. 6 important TIPS for delayed and urgent care of Hand and Wrist Fractures that have been seen in a local ER in Western Massachusetts and Northern Connecticut

6 important TIPS for delayed and urgent care of HAND AND WRIST FRACTURES that have been seen in a local ER ...in Western Massachusetts and Northern Connecticut

  1. Contact your PCP. They can provide interim care or redirect you.
  2. Call us. We like to accommodate potential patients
  3. Call the ER back. Often they can advise you over the phone if you've been seen recently
  4. Return to the ER where you were seen. Most ER's will be glad to see you again
  5. Call on your own. There is nothing wrong with seeking care on your own
  6. Don't panic. Many hand and wrist injuries once stabilized in a local ER can be seen safely and effectively at a later date.

Most Hospital Emergency Departments or ER’s will have given you a follow-up for a physician that they regularly work with. There are some times that they don't have a hand surgeon on call or on staff. In those cases, you should seek out a hand surgery group in the area. While there may not be an immediate appointment available, records from your ER visit can be obtained, and in many cases, an appointment can be given within the proper time frame. It is important to remember that while the ER may stress being seen immediately, that many hand and wrist conditions can be take care of urgently but not emergently once proper ER Emergent Care has been given. However, there are conditions that may warrant being seen right away and at times you may be advised to go back to the orginial ER if you can't be seen in an adequate time frame. For example, a tendon Laceration where the tendon is cut but the skin has be sutured can be seen at a later date, soon after, but does not necessarily need surgery at the same, or even the next, day. Every situation is different and this information is not to be construed as ultimate medical advice for the purpose of treatment.