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Should I be concerned?

By April 21, 2015 - 5:58am
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Hi there. So I'm not sure whether or not I should be concerned. I was playing a game with someone and basically the purpose of the game is to get someone out by hitting their hand. The person that hit my hand basically used a lot of force and pain radiated through two of my fingers. I decided to wait it out for a day. The pain in one finger is still present. The pain resides below the finger knuckle. I haven't noticed any deformities or bruising but it does hurt when I try to play the piano, do the dishes, or lift basically anything with it whether alone or with all my fingers. Is there anything I can do to make the pain subside? It's tender to the touch and it feels like she hit a bone in the finger pretty hard. The pain was equivalent to the pain of getting fingers shut in a door. I am also able to straighten my finger if that helps any.

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Hello Mckenzie Lee,

Thank you for coming to us for advice about your injured finger.

The fingers are the most frequently injured part of the hand. Fingers are constructed of ligaments (strong supportive tissue connecting bone to bone), tendons (attachment tissue from muscle to bone), and three bones called phalanges. There are no muscles in the fingers. Fingers move by the pull of forearm muscles on the tendons.

A true fracture usually will be painful, but do not be fooled by a finger that has some range of motion as the finger may be able to bend. So, a fracture cannot be ruled out even though you can straighten it.

Mckenzie Lee, you can either contact your primary care physician or go directly to the ER for an x-ray.

If you would rather wait it out, splint the injured finger. Finger splints are available in most drug stores or you can make one using a firm support the length and width of your finger (tongue blades work well but can be hard to find) and secure by wrapping gauze around the finger and splint.

Refrain from using the affected hand. Take an analgesic if not contraindicated. Apply ice intermittently.

Keep us updated,

April 21, 2015 - 8:35am
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