Hand Injuries (cont.)
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Hand Injury Symptoms
The symptoms of hand injuries can vary depending on the type of injury, how the injury occurred (mechanism), depth, severity, and location.
Common symptoms of hand injuries
Fractures and dislocations
Soft tissue injuries and amputations
High pressure injuries
When to Seek Medical Care for Hand Injury
Anyone with a hand injury should consider calling a doctor or seek medical attention. The potential for devastating injuries increases greatly when medical attention is delayed. Even the smallest cut or seemingly innocent hand injury could require advanced treatment to prevent infection or significant loss of function.
Any cut or laceration, which may require stitches to repair, warrants a medical evaluation. If a person is in doubt about whether the cut they have needs stitches, they should call the doctor for guidance.
Minor burns do not require immediate medical evaluation; however, call a health care professional if there is any doubt.
Injuries to the hand causing the following symptoms generally require emergency medical attention at a hospital's emergency department.
Seek emergency medical care in these situations:
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 4/1/2016
Chad Tarr, MD
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