I woke up one night a couple months ago with a painful, swollen knuckle on my left ring finger. It felt fine when I went to bed that night. I don't recall injuring it, but my dog's leash did pull tight on that hand that day but it seemed fine. Two days ago, I went to the doctor because it is not getting better, and had an x-ray. The doc said it is a sprain. I could see a little line (looked like a crack to me) on that finger on two of the three x-rays and asked what that was. The doc said he didn't know, but it wan't a fracture because after two months it would have formed a callus. He said maybe it was a nutrient channel? I'm not convinced it's a sprain and am wondering if it could be a stess fracture or something like that? Is it possible for a fracture to not show signs of healing after two months? I think it could, because I had an ulnar osteotomy and after 5 months, it was still not healed. Could it be I have a problem healing a fracture? Anyhow, I'm supposed to start physical therapy for my finger next week. I'm wondering if I should ask the doctor to make sure that is not a crack in my bone and just a nutrient channel, or should I just take the doc's word for it, go to p/t and not worry about it.
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