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If a person’s hand is broken, how can I control swelling?

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To control swelling from a broken hand:

  • Apply an ice pack (do not put ice directly against the skin).
  • If possible, remove any jewelry right away.

From: Broken Hand Treatment WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

University of California San Francisco Medical Center: "Hand and Wrist Fractures."

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Hand Fractures."

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

Broken Hand Information from eMedicineHealth .

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on January 29, 2018

SOURCES:

University of California San Francisco Medical Center: "Hand and Wrist Fractures."

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Hand Fractures."

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

Broken Hand Information from eMedicineHealth .

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on January 29, 2018

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