Symptoms and Signs of Broken Hand

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Medically Reviewed on 3/11/2019

Doctor's Notes on Broken Hand

A broken hand is a fracture, or break, of any of the bones in the hand. Most cases are caused by traumatic injury, either due to workplace injuries, punching or striking injuries, crush injuries, falls, and sports injuries.

Signs and symptoms of a broken bone in the hand depend on the exact location of the break. Associated symptoms can include pain that may be severe, redness, bruising, swelling, reduced mobility of the joints of the hand, weakness, and reduced range of motion of the finger joints. Other signs and symptoms may include protrusion of bone fragments from the injury site, misalignment or deformity of the hand, and injuries to the overlying skin including cuts, scrapes, or abrasions.


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