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Hand Injuries (cont.)

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

Lacerations

  • Tenderness (pain)
  • Bleeding
  • Numbness
  • Decrease range of motion (difficulty moving)
  • Weakness
  • Pallor (pale or bloodless)

Fractures and dislocations

  • Tenderness
  • Deformity
  • Swelling and discoloration
  • Decrease range of motion
  • Numbness
  • Weakness
  • Bleeding

Soft tissue injuries and amputations

  • Tenderness
  • Deformity (with or without tissue and bone loss)
  • Swelling and discoloration
  • Bleeding
  • Weakness
  • Numbness

Infections

  • Tenderness
  • Local warmth
  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Fever (rare in hand infections)
  • Deformity
  • Decrease range of motion

Burns

  • Tenderness or complete numbness
  • Deformity
  • Discoloration
  • Loss of tissue
  • Change in texture of skin
  • Redness
  • Blistering
  • Black areas of tissue

High pressure injuries

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Occasional skin discoloration
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/15/2014
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