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Broken Hand (cont.)

Broken Hand Medical 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.

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