Broken Hand (cont.)
Broken Hand Treatment
Because of the complexity of the hand, treatment of hand injuries can become involved. The procedure is usually as follows:
The doctor will usually obtain an X-ray.
The injured hand may be partially numbed by injecting the nerves at the wrist or at the base of a finger (digital block). Wounds will be carefully irrigated and explored.
Any cuts usually will be repaired.
The patient may be prescribed antibiotics to keep the wound from becoming infected.
The injured part may be immobilized in a splint to hold it in a particular position.
The patient may be referred to a hand specialist (orthopedic or plastic surgeon).
The patient will receive pain medicine to use for several days after the injury.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 11/30/2015
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