Animal Bites

Hand & Wrist Broken Bones & Injuries - Adelaide Orthopaedic Specialist

Animal bites are a very common injury. Although they usually occur on the hand and fingers, they can occur almost anywhere on the body. They generally happen on the dominant hand (the hand most people reach out to animals with), and can have long lasting effects.

The major concern with animal bites is the risk of infection, caused by the bacteria in the animal’s mouth. Following the initial treatment, the injury needs to be carefully monitored to ensure that any complications can be treated as soon as possible, and won’t lead to longer lasting damage.

Dr James McLean provides consultation and various treatments for animal bites and a wide variety of other hand and wrist conditions in his multiple practice locations in Adelaide and Darwin. With his extensive experience in treating upper limb conditions, he works with his patients to create tailored treatment plans which yield the best possible outcomes for their injuries. Click here for more information on other conditions involving the shoulder, hand, wrist, and elbow which Dr James McLean has a special interest in treating.

This page was adapted https://orthoinfo.aaos.org/en/diseases--conditions/animal-bites: click the link to read more about the condition. To find out more about animal bites or to book a consultation, contact Dr James McLean.

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