Font Size
A
A
A

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
Medical Author:

Must Read Articles Related to Hand Injuries

Boxer's Fracture
Boxer's Fracture A boxer's fracture is a break through the...learn more >>
Broken Hand
Broken Hand Broken hand (fractures) are caused by learn more >>
Finger Injuries
Finger Injuries Finger injuries can vary from small cuts, lacerations, puncture wounds, broken bones, dislocations, sprains, strains, nerve injuries, jammed fingers, and animal...learn more >>



Read What Your Physician is Reading on Medscape

Hand Injury, Soft Tissue »

Hand injuries are common and account for 5-10% of emergency department (ED) visits nationwide.

Read More on Medscape Reference »


Medical Dictionary