Conditions & Treatments

Hand Problems in Children

Common Hand Problems in


Anyone who has children will be familiar with their bumps and bruises. It seems that every time they go out to play with friends, they come back with some new scratch or scar. More often than not, when these injuries happen on the hand, it’s because of a fall or the nature of the game they played.

However, there are also times when a child’s injury is something they’re born with. Whether the injury is something they got on the playground, or it was something they were born with, Dr. Arora is here to help every step of the way.



Children have a remarkable ability to bounce back from injuries. From the smallest scratches to broken bones, it seems that all you have to do is put a bandage or a cast on them and they’re good as new. Some of the most common hand injuries for children are scratches, scrapes, bruises and broken bones.

Most of the time, kids receive these injuries while on the playground or playing sports. They’re usually not very serious and will only require minor medical care. Deep cuts and scratches may require butterfly clips or staples and broken bones will require a cast. However, it’s rare that a fracture needs something as serious as surgery.


Hand Issues

About one out of 20 children will be born with some kind of hand issue. The issues they have are usually the same ones, and not all of them will require surgery. Some of the most common congenital hand issues are:

  • Webbed fingers
  • Fused fingers
  • Extra fingers
  • Fetal band syndrome

Most of these issues can be fixed with minor procedures right after the baby is born. Fused fingers can easily be separated at birth, as can webbed fingers. Sometimes a baby will be born with an extra pinky finger or thumb. When this is the case, the extra digit is removed shortly after birth, allowing the baby to heal very quickly. The only lasting side effect will be a minor scar.

The only congenital hand issue that may require emergency surgery is fetal band syndrome. Rarely, a baby will be born with a band of tissue or part of the placenta wrapped around the arm, cutting off the circulation. If this is the case, some or all of the arm may need to be amputated.

Evaluation &


We understand how important it is to begin a child’s life the right way. If your newborn was born with a missing or extra finger, fused fingers, or any other congenital hand issue, talk with a member of the Arora Hand Surgery team.

At the same time, if you’re concerned with a hand injury your child sustained, come into our doctor’s office in Howell, West Bloomfield, Macomb, or Warren for a consultation. We’ll answer any questions you might have and, if needed, schedule an appointment for further evaluation.

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Dr. Aroras office from my first call to schedule my appointment was friendly. Walking in the first day, I felt like I was in a nice atmosphere. Dr. Arora was EXCELLENT in taking great care of my hand injury. He was gentle and very understanding to the concerns I had about my hand. His expertise was admirable and I would recommend anyone with an injury to their hand to his office to be under his care. Because of him, I have healed faster than expected and will make an 100% recovery! Thank you Dr.

Jackie S.

I first thought I was going to have to have painful injections or surgery, but Dr. Arora suggested physical therapy may do the trick. I was doubtful, but I agreed to do it. Now, my pain is gone, and with the help of an ergonomic keyboard at work to keep my hands in the correct position, I am virtually pain free. The therapy strengthened my wrists and shoulders, and built more flexibility into my wrists.

Jerry T.

My experience with this doctor was positive from the outset. Dr. Arora was kind and spent a great deal of time with me. Staff was friendly. The office was nice and bright.

Ariel G.

Very friendly and helpful Great staff!!! Doctor Arora was very professional and did great work. I was very happy with everything!

L B.