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Hand Pain after Injury Overview

Another name for Hand Pain after Injury is Hand Injury.

What is a hand injury?
A person with a hand injury has damage to the structures of the hand, caused by an injury. About 16 million people in the US receive emergency care for hand injuries each year. Common injuries of the hand include hand fracture, hand contusion, finger dislocation, and soft tissue injuries of the digits. Soft tissue hand injuries include stab wounds, lacerations, abrasions, and puncture wounds.

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

How does the doctor treat a hand injury?
Treatment of a hand injury depends on the presence of a hand fracture or hand dislocation. Treatment often includes rest, elevation, cold compresses, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain. An orthopedic surgeon will need to reduce a dislocation or fracture site and apply a splint or cast. In some cases, the reduction may require surgery.

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Last Updated: Dec 1, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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