Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Hand Contusion Overview

What is a hand contusion?
A person with a hand contusion has a bruise to the soft tissues of the hand. A bruise is a collection of blood beneath the skin, caused by blood vessels that have broken at the time of an injury. A contusion may be caused by a blow to the hand, a sprain or a fracture.

What are the symptoms of a hand contusion?
Symptoms of a hand contusion include hand pain, hand swelling, hand tenderness, and hand bruising.

How does the doctor treat a hand contusion?
Treatment of a hand contusion includes rest, elevation, cold compresses, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain. See hand injury treatment for more information.

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Last Updated: Sep 24, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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