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How do I treat sprains, finger dislocations or fractures?

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  • Apply ice to reduce swelling.
  • Keep finger elevated above the heart
  • If finger is bent or deformed, don't try to straighten it.
  • See a doctor immediately.

From: Hand Injury Treatment WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic: "Hand and Wrist Injuries."

American Society for Surgery of the Hand: "Burns."

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Fingertip Injuries/Amputations."

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Animal Bites."

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Human Bites."

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Hand Fractures."

FamilyDoctor.org: "First Aid: Burns."

FamilyDoctor.org: "First Aid: Cuts, Scrapes and Stitches."

Lucile Packard Children's Hospital: "Dislocations."

KidsHealth.org: "Broken Bones."

KidsHealth.org: "Burns."

KidsHealth.org: "Cuts: Instruction Sheet."

KidsHealth.org: "Frostbite: Instruction Sheet."

Red Cross: "Frostbite and Hypothermia."

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on November 17, 2017

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic: "Hand and Wrist Injuries."

American Society for Surgery of the Hand: "Burns."

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Fingertip Injuries/Amputations."

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Animal Bites."

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Human Bites."

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Hand Fractures."

FamilyDoctor.org: "First Aid: Burns."

FamilyDoctor.org: "First Aid: Cuts, Scrapes and Stitches."

Lucile Packard Children's Hospital: "Dislocations."

KidsHealth.org: "Broken Bones."

KidsHealth.org: "Burns."

KidsHealth.org: "Cuts: Instruction Sheet."

KidsHealth.org: "Frostbite: Instruction Sheet."

Red Cross: "Frostbite and Hypothermia."

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on November 17, 2017

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