How to Care for a Hand Injury Before Your Appointment

If you have broken a bone or injured your hand, an ER doctor may have put on a splint until you can be seen by your regular physician. It is important to know how to care for your injury in the meantime, so we have come up with a list of steps and recommendations to consider before your appointment.

  • Elevate the injured arm above your heart by propping it up with pillows or other support.
  • Apply ice using a plastic bag or ice pack to the outside of your cast, splint, or dressing for the first 24-48 hours. This will reduce the swelling.
  • Rest and avoid activities that cause pain or additional swelling. Rest and elevation will reduce pain and speed your healing.
  • Keep the splinted area clean and dry.
  • Use aspirin, acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Motrin), as recommended by your emergency or regular physician.

If you experience any of the following symptoms before your appointment, call your doctor immediately.

  • Numbness or circulation problems
  • Excessive swelling
  • Excessive pain

Even if you aren’t experiencing pain or discomfort, it is important to keep your appointment with your physician. We want to make sure that your injury is healing as quickly and completely as possible.

We see a lot of patients with hand injuries, so be sure to book an appointment as soon as you can. Call 970-419-7050 or fill out our online appointment request form to schedule your consultation with the Orthopaedic & Spine Center of the Rockies today.

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