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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
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/15/2014
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