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Sprained Hand Overview

Another name for Sprained Hand is Hand Sprain.

What is a hand sprain?
A person with a hand sprain has stretched or torn one of the ligaments in the hand. Ligaments are strong fibrous bands that hold the bones in place during movement. Sprains occur when the joint moves beyond the normal range of motion.

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

How does the doctor treat a hand sprain?
Treatment of a hand sprain includes rest, elevation, cold compresses, splinting, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain.

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Last Updated: Feb 8, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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