A hand sprain occurs when you stretch or tear your ligament and can be extremely painful. A sprain can cause bruising, swelling, and pain in your injured hand. Here’s what you should do in case you sprain your hand.
1. Call the Doctor:
It’s always best to seek professional medical help immediately, especially if:
- Your injured hand is getting number.
- You notice increased stiffness or trouble in the movement of your injured hand.
- The skin of your injured hand is getting bluish or pale.
- You notice an increase in swelling in your injured hand.
- You have any questions regarding your treatment
2. Take Medicine As Prescribed
- Always take medicines as directed by your doctor. You can contact your hand care professional for possible side effects of any medicine.
- NSAIDs help decrease pain, fever, and swelling. These medicines are available with or without a doctor’s prescription. But be careful while administering and always ask your hand care professional if they are safe for you. Some NSAIDs can cause side effects such as internal bleeding or kidney problems in some people. If you plan to buy an NSAID without a prescription, read the label and follow the directions.
3. Sufficient Rest
Hand sprains take time to heal. If they’re injured, it can take anywhere from 2 days to a month after your injury. Rest helps the recovery process and prevents any further damage to your hand.
Avoid lifting or grabbing things with your injured hand. It can increase the damage to your ligament. Before you resume your normal routine, talk to your hand care professional and let him decide if you can resume your daily routine.
4. Ice Your Hand
Icing your injured hand can help decrease the swelling and pain. Don’t apply ice directly; instead, take a plastic bag and put crushed ice in it. Cover the bag with a towel and put it on your injured hand for 15 – 20 minutes after every hour.
Your doctor might advise exercises to help you gain the strength to move your hand without pain. Exercise is essential to decrease stiffness. Always remember to exercise slowly and resume activity as you’re directed by a professional.
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