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3 Potential Hand Pain From an Injury Causes

Disclaimer: The article does not replace an evaluation by a physician. Information on this page is provided as an information resource only, and is not to be used or relied on for any diagnostic or treatment purposes.

  1. 1.Bruised Hand

    A bruise occurs when small blood vessels break and leak their contents into the soft tissue beneath the skin, which causes the purple color of the bruise.

    1-2 weeks

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    hand injury, hand pain from an injury, pain in one hand, swelling of one hand, palm bruise
    Symptoms that always occur with bruised hand:
    hand injury, hand pain from an injury
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment

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  2. 2.Broken Hand

    A fracture (break) in one or more of the hand bones. Some hand fractures require wearing a splint or a cast. Some need to be repaired with surgery.

    1-2 months with treatment

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    hand injury, hand pain from an injury
    Symptoms that always occur with broken hand:
    hand pain from an injury, hand injury
    Symptoms that never occur with broken hand:
    spontaneous hand pain
    Urgency:
    Hospital emergency room
  3. 3.Wrist Bone (Scaphoid) Fracture

    A fracture is the medical term for a broken bone. When a person falls on their outstretched hand, the scaphoid is the bone that is most likely to break. It is located on the thumb side of the wrist, in the area where the wrist bends.

    Wrist bone fractures take about 10-16 weeks to heal.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    hand weakness, swollen thumb, wrist pain that gets worse when gripping something, difficulty moving the thumb, wrist pain from an injury
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Hand Pain From an Injury

  • Q.What is your body mass?
  • Q.Have someone feel for your pulse (at the wrist) on the side of your body that hurts. Now, turn your head to that side. Does the pulse go away? (This is known as the Adson's test.)
  • Q.Turn your head toward the side of your body that is hurting. Lift your head up as someone else pushes down on your head. Does this cause greater pain in your upper body? (This is known as Spurling's test.)
  • Q.Have you ever been diagnosed with diabetes?

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Hand Pain From an Injury Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced hand pain from an injury have also experienced:

    • 30% Hand Injury
    • 8% Hand Swelling
    • 6% Hand Pain
  • People who have experienced hand pain from an injury had symptoms persist for:

    • 32% Over a Month
    • 26% Less Than a Day
    • 23% Less Than a Week
  • People who have experienced hand pain from an injury were most often matched with:

    • 52% Bruised Hand
    • 39% Broken Hand
  • Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from visits to the Buoy AI health assistant (check it out by clicking on “Take Quiz”).

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