Hand Injuries

There are many types of hand injuries. You or your child may have a minor broken bone (fracture), sprain, bruises, or burns on the hand.


  • Keep the hand raised (elevated) above the level of the heart. Do this for the first few days until the pain and puffiness (swelling) get better.

  • Hand bandages (dressings) and splints are used to keep the hand still. This helps with pain and prevents more injury.

  • Do not remove the bandage and splint until your doctor says it is okay.

  • For broken bones, sprains, and bruises, you may put ice on the injured area.

  • Put ice in a plastic bag.

  • Place a towel between the skin and the bag.

  • Leave the ice on for 15 to 20 minutes every few hours. Do this for 2 to 3 days.

  • Medicine for pain and redness or puffiness (inflammation) is often helpful.

  • Some hand motion after an injury can decrease stiffness.

  • Do not do any activities that increase pain in the hand.

  • See your doctor for follow-up care as told.


  • The pain and puffiness get worse.

  • The pain is not controlled with medicine.

  • You or your child has a temperature by mouth above 102° F (38.9° C), not controlled by medicine.

  • There is pain when moving the fingers.

  • There is fluid (pus) coming from the wound.


  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch this condition.

  • Will get help right away if you or your child is not doing well or gets worse.