Following a hand injury, many structures within the hand may be injured.These structures include the skin, ligaments, tendons, bones, nerves and blood vessels. It may be difficult to assess which, if any, of these structures, are injured and the significance of the injuries. Should the injury be significant, or if in doubt, it is important to have an appropriate qualified medical practitioner assess your injury and direct treatment where required.
Hand structures that can be injured
A ligament is a firm piece of tissue supporting a joint, and each of the hand joints has a number of ligaments which can be injured. Some ligament injuries require little treatment; some require splinting or hand therapy, and some are best treated with surgery followed by hand therapy and splinting to allow maximal recovery.
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What are the treatment options for hand injuries?
Hand Injuries –
In significant hand injuries, operations may sometimes be extensive with considerable therapy and aftercare required; often further surgery is needed to treat the injury. Following the majority of hand injuries, and unless advised otherwise, it is best to keep the hand elevated in a sling during the day and on pillows during the night to reduce swelling and pain and decrease stiffness, which will ultimately provide an improved result. Despite good medical treatment, hand therapy and dedication from the patient, more particularly in more severe injuries, the degree of recovery can be unpredictable. Follow up appointments, and hand therapy sessions are usually required.