Symptoms and Signs of Hand Injuries

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Medically Reviewed on 3/20/2019

Doctor's Notes on Hand Injuries

Hand injuries are traumatic injury to any of the structures in the hand, such as bones, tendons, joints, nerves, or soft tissues. Hand injuries may arise due to numerous causes including falls, accidents, motor vehicle accidents, sports injuries, or repetitive use injury. Some types of hand injury include carpal tunnel syndrome, fractures of bone, joint damage, sprains, and strains.

Signs and symptoms of hand injuries depend upon the cause of the injury and its severity. Pain is typically present and may be mild to severe. Symptoms can include deformity of the hand, bleeding, bruising, damage to the skin, swelling, redness, or warmth. Other associated symptoms can include numbness, tingling, pain when moving the joints, limited range of motion or immobility, or inability to use the hand.


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