“New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram underwent surgery this week to repair a fracture in his hand, coach Sean Payton said Wednesday.
Two screws were inserted above Ingram’s thumb during the procedure. Because the bone was fractured and displaced, Payton said, there was no way that Ingram could attempt to play through the injury.
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Payton said Ingram’s status would be “week to week” and depend on how quickly the bone repairs and heals. However he said Ingram definitely wouldn’t play Sunday when the Saints play the Minnesota Vikings at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
Ingram suffered the injury in the first half and continued to play, Payton said.”
When a fracture occurs in the hand it can either happen in one of the smaller bones such as the fingers, or to one of the long bones such as the metacarpals. Fractures can be casued from a variety of activities especially in direct or contact sports. Fracture in the hands can also be caused by a crushing injury like that caused when shutting your hand in the door. No matter how minor it may seem, it is important to seek immediate medical attention in the case of a fracture.
Signs & Symptoms Of Hand Fractures:
Although some fractures are readily apparent, others can be hard to detect. You may think that you just hurt your hand very bad and simple ice and rest will hurt. However, it is important to look out for the fallowing symptoms in the case of a hand injury:
Diagnosing A Fracture:
When diagnosing a fracture a physical examination of the hand is first performed to check the position of the fingers and is the fracture has affected the skin in anyway. The examination may include a range of motion tests and assessment of feeling in the fingers to asses if there is any nerve damage. An X-Ray of the hand however will be the true determining factor of the fracture.
Hand Fracture Treatments:
Depending on the severity of the fracture, Dr. Tahernia will determine the best method of treatment whether it be a nonsurgical or surgical treatment.