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Broken Hand (cont.)

Broken Hand Treatment

Broken Hand Self-Care at Home

Generally, any hand injury-except for the most minor one-should be seen by a doctor. Simple first aid, however, can help prevent further injury.

  • Control any bleeding by placing a clean cloth or gauze pad over the wound and apply direct pressure.
  • As soon as the injury has occurred, apply ice wrapped in a towel to the injured area to decrease pain and reduce swelling.
  • Remove any jewelry immediately. The hand may swell dramatically, and jewelry will be almost impossible to remove after the swelling has started. Jewelry on the hand may have to be cut off by a health care practitioner if there is a chance that it will impede the circulation of the fingers.
  • Contact a doctor, who will often refer the injured person to an emergency department, orthopedist, or hand specialist for diagnosis and treatment.
  • If the hand is obviously deformed, try to support the injured hand by placing it on a pillow and carrying the pillow to the hospital or doctor's office.
  • Take acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) as directed on the label for pain and inflammation.

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