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What Does It Mean To Sprain Your Hand
I sprain my wrist 5 mon ago and wear an ACE wrap at night, when I wake up ion the morning, my hand is swollen and ache. What does this mean?
Too tight : it probably means that you apply the ACE to snugly/ you mention a cyst on MRI ?? where was it try wrapping it with plastic food wrap at bedtime BUT not too tightly this keeps in body heat and increases circulation and may help / also may try DMSO which is a horse liniment which can be found at Tractor Supply or similar stores apply 3-4 x/day it helps many aches and pains or see a doc ...Read more
Get examined: Cannot say in this forum whether you have a 'sprained' hand/ finger etc. Or something more( like a fracture) w/o examining you and then if needed, obtaining x-rays .So if you're hand/ wrist or fingers continue to hurt see your pcp for exam/ x-rays and possible referral to orthopedic surgeon. Good luck! ...Read more
RICE: Rest ice compression and elevation are hallmarks of initial treatment however don't think "sprain" just because someone said you didn't fracture. There are many sprains that are sever and need treatment, there are fracture that are not seen on initial films. Go see a hand surgeon for follow up. ...Read more
To be certain, x-ray: Pain, swelling, lack of motion, and/ or tenderness to touch following an injury could indicate fracture, but deformity is a sure sign if the area is away from a joint. If near a joint deformity could mean fracture or dislocaiton. The best way to know for sure is to have an x-ray. ...Read more
Injured hands: Can be sprains that may only need a splint to a more complex injury. How do you know?Well swelling is a sign of an injury as well as the presence of pain, loss of motion and esecually if it is one specific joint. With negative x-rays we often say "sprain" . As x-rays typically show if there is a fracture. But beware as ligament injuries ( sprains) can be severe needing specialty rx. ...Read more
Splints & nSAID's: The best treatment is to prevent further inflammation by resting and immobilizing the injured extremity, followed by reducing the inflammation with oral medications and ice. Sometimes therapy or injections are needed to treat more severe injuries. See a board certified orthopaedic hand surgeon for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more
I : I don't think anyone can tell by the fact that you have less or more pain. A bad sprain can hurt as much as a fracture. A bruised or "jammed" joint can hurt a lot if there is a lot of swelling. An x-ray will help and an exam in person. Your should include more detail if you ask again. Can i tell you if your hand is sprained, sure i'm capable of that with exam details of making better guestimate. ...Read more
Must be patient: Sprains of the hand, especially sprains of the small joints of the fingers, are typically stiff and sore for a number of months-it sometimes takes a year or more for the soreness to go away, and sometimes the swelling can be permanent. It is a good idea to get a sprain evaluated early to make sure nothing else is going on and to completely understand the condition. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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