Hand Injuries (cont.)
Hand Injury Prognosis
Most hand injuries will heal without significant loss of function if evaluated by a doctor soon after the injury. Almost all hand injuries require a medical evaluation because even the most insignificant hand injuries have the potential for serious or crippling loss of function.
Many factors will play a role in determining how well the injury heals with the least limitation of function.
- Type of injury
- Severity of injury; amputations, tissue loss, ligament damage or loss
usually have a more guarded outlook
- Delay of definitive medical evaluation and treatment
leads to poorer outcomes
- Compliance to treatment plan (keeping appointments, taking medications, and changing dressings as directed, for example)
helps to enhance an outcome
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