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What To Do If You Sprain Your Hand
Rest: Initially immobilize injured joint with splint, rest, ice and NSAID for pain. Transition gradually - when pain-free w/ passive range of motion (rom), begin active rom exercises. If continued difficulty bending finger after pain/swelling have resolved, consider follow-up w/ physician to evaluate for tendon injury. Tendon rupture will limit finger bending until repaired. ...Read more
Why does the wrist area on the thumb side feel weak sometimes (bony part that sticks out). Can you sprain your hand without swelling but feel's sore ?
May be tendonitis: In most cases you would recall a sprain, but with the intermittent symptoms you are describing it may be that you are suffering from tendonitis. May people today suffer from tendonitis around the thumb from overuse (i.e. Smart phone use). Start your treatment with rice, and see a physician if symptoms don't subside. You may benefit from ot or a custom splint. ...Read more
Why does the wrist area unde the thumb side feel weak sometimes (bony part that sticks out). Can you sprain your hand without swelling but feel's sore?
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
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