Hand Contusion

ExitCare Image A hand contusion is a deep bruise to the hand. Contusions happen when an injury causes bleeding under the skin. Signs of bruising include pain, puffiness (swelling), and discolored skin. The contusion may turn blue, purple, or yellow.


  • Put ice on the injured area.

  • Put ice in a plastic bag.

  • Place a towel between your skin and the bag.

  • Leave the ice on for 15-20 minutes, 03-04 times a day.

  • Only take medicines as told by your doctor.

  • Use an elastic wrap only as told. You may remove the wrap for sleeping, showering, and bathing. Take the wrap off if you lose feeling (have numbness) in your fingers, or they turn blue or cold. Put the wrap on more loosely.

  • Keep the hand raised (elevated) with pillows.

  • Avoid using your hand too much if it painful.


  • You have more redness, puffiness, or pain in your hand.

  • Your puffiness or pain does not get better with medicine.

  • You lose feeling in your hand, or you cannot move your fingers.

  • Your hand turns cold or blue.

  • You have pain when you move your fingers.

  • Your hand feels warm.

  • Your contusion does not get better in 2 days.


  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch this condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or you get worse.