The hand can be fractured in so many ways. For instance, the first thing you do when you start to fall is instinctively to put your hand out to mitigate the impact. Many fractures can occur this way. If you work with your hands in construction, landscaping, or another trade, you may regularly subject your hands to harsh physical conditions that could injure them.
Interestingly, children are often vulnerable to fractures, however, their bones are slightly more giving than older adults, whose bones become weaker and more brittle as they age. People with illness can be more vulnerable to a bone fracture, as are athletes that frequently subject their bones, muscles, and joints to the rigors of their sport.
The statistics tell us that 6.3 million bodily fractures occur each year in the U.S. That means, for every 100 people, 2.4 will experience some sort of fracture to a bone this year. Wrist and hand fractures are common; for example, the most common type of fracture in people before age 75 is a wrist fracture. According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the most common type of hand fracture is a break in the fifth metacarpal, which is the bone in the palm of the hand that connects to the little finger. They call this type of break a “boxer’s fracture,” because it most commonly occurs by making a fist and punching a hard object.