Hand Injuries

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.