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Contusion: Hand

You have a CONTUSION of your hand. This causes local pain, swelling and sometimes bruising. There are no broken bones. This injury takes from a few days to a few weeks to heal.

Home Care:

1) Keep your arm elevated to reduce pain and swelling. This is very important during the first 48 hours.

2) Apply an ice pack (ice cubes in a plastic bag, wrapped in a towel) over the injured area for 20 minutes every 1-2 hours the first day. You should continue with ice packs 3-4 times a day for the next two days. Continue the use of ice packs for relief of pain and swelling as needed.

3) You may use acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil) to control pain, unless another pain medicine was prescribed. [ NOTE : If you have chronic liver or kidney disease or ever had a stomach ulcer or GI bleeding, talk with your doctor before using these medicines.]

Follow Up

with your doctor or this facility if you are not starting to improve within the next THREE days.

[NOTE: If X-rays were taken, they will be reviewed by a radiologist. You will be notified of any new findings that may affect your care.]

Get Prompt Medical Attention

if any of the following occur:

-- Pain or swelling increases

-- Redness, warmth or drainage

-- Hand or fingers becomes cold, blue, numb or tingly


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