Wrist and Hand Laceration Treatment in Freehold and Monroe Township, NJ
“Laceration” is the medical term for a cut that breaks the skin. This type of injury is very common, especially in the wrist and hand, which are essential to many daily activities. The most common causes are falls, car accidents, and mishaps that occur while operating power tools or gardening equipment, or even something as simple as chopping food with a knife. Any blunt force or contact with a sharp object can tear or puncture the skin.
Wrist and hand lacerations can vary widely in severity. A relatively mild cut can be effectively treated at home by applying pressure to stop any bleeding, washing the affected area with mild soap and warm water, and applying a bandage. On the other hand, a severe wound that is bleeding uncontrollably or involves a tendon, ligament, muscle, or bone requires emergency medical attention. If there is any uncertainty with regard to the severity of a wrist or hand laceration, it’s best to see a doctor right away.
How Are Wrist and Hand Lacerations Treated?
The goal of laceration treatment is to relieve pain, restore function, and reduce scarring. Some common treatments for moderate to severe wrist and hand lacerations include:
- Antibiotic ointment to help prevent infection and keep the wound moist
- A butterfly closure, stitches (sutures), or staples to reconnect the edges of the laceration so that the skin and underlying tissues can fuse back together
- Ice applications and elevation of the affected wrist/hand to reduce swelling
- Pain medications to improve comfort
- Surgery to remove torn skin edges and close the laceration to help ensure proper healing
- Microsurgery to repair damaged blood vessels
Advanced Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Institute provides specialized treatments for wrist and hand lacerations in Freehold and Monroe Township, NJ. In general, we emphasize nonsurgical treatment and reserve surgery as a last resort. Our goal is to help our patients recover using the most conservative approach possible. To learn more or schedule an appointment with a specialist at AOSMI, contact us today.