Therapeutic Injections for Hand Sprains & Strains

If immobilization or modifying activities doesn’t improve the discomfort associated with a hand sprain or strain, NYU Langone doctors may recommend injections to facilitate the healing process and improve symptoms. Our doctors sometimes recommend injections in conjunction with occupational therapy to lessen pain and to make the therapy more effective.

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Injections contain a mixture of a corticosteroid, which is an anti-inflammatory medication that can help to reduce swelling, and a pain medication called lidocaine.

Corticosteroid injections may become less effective over time, and long-term use of these medications can break down the soft tissue surrounding the area of the injection. Doctors at NYU Langone are experienced in using corticosteroid injections and can help you avoid the potential complications associated with these medications.

If symptoms such as pain and swelling are not severe, your doctor may recommend a single injection. Another injection is given only if swelling returns.


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Your doctor may perform these injections in his or her office.

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