Minor fractures, sprains, bruises and burns of the hand are often managed in much the same way:
Elevation of your hand above the level of your heart for a few days after the injury, until the pain and swelling improve.
The use of hand dressings and splints to reduce motion, relieve painand prevent reinjury. The dressing and splint should not be removed without the caregiver's approval.
Application of ice packs for 20 to 30 minutes every few hours for 2 to 3 days to reduce pain and swelling due to fractures, sprains, and deep bruises.
The use of medicine to reduce pain and inflammation.
Early motion exercises are sometimes needed to reduce joint stiffness after a hand injury. However, your hand should not be used for any activities that increase pain.