James Harden had a pathetic 2012 NBA Finals. It was a shocking display of ineptitude and miscasting that led to his performance. When the young team needed him to rally, he shirked. Many people wondered what happened to Harden. The answer came out prior to game 5 … bruised hand.
A bruised hand is a pretty open injury. It could be the muscles or bones in the hand are bruised or just the skin is bruised. And don’t think a bruise means you’ll see black and blue marks, because only significant bruises caused by torn tendons or broken bones will show skin changes usually.
Causes of a bruised hand
- Impact – A sudden, jarring impact of the hand.
- Compression – Compressing the hand between two hard objects.
- Flexing – Flexing the hand into an improper position.
Symptoms of bruised hand
- Soreness – Your hand is going to be sore when you grasp something or move it.
- Tender to touch – In most hand bruises the hand will be tender to the touch, especially the area that is bruised the most.
- Lack of strength – You’ll lose some strength, but not from the bruise itself. The lack of strength is caused by the pain when using the hand. Your body will naturally recoil.
Treatment for a bruised hand
- Stop – Stop doing the activity that caused the issue.
- Ice – Icing will help reduce swelling.
- Massage – Massing increases the blood flow to the hand.
- Anti-inflammatory – Tylenol and ibuprofen will help make sure inflammation is kept to a minimum.
Recovery time for bruised hand
Most hand bruises will resolve on their own over the course of a week or so. If you’ve really bruised the hand to the point you see real bruising, you should see a doctor to make sure there are no torn tendons or broken bones. In this case, you’re looking at least a month recovery period.