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possible broken knuckle

my son punched a door. he seems to have messed up the knuckle above his pinky finger. what can i do to help. do i need to take him to get an x ray. what can a doctor do for him if anything.
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It wasen't long ago I was a Jasons Mom . Rushing him to the Dr. or hospital for X-rays every time he punched a door or a wall out of frustration. They would usually tell us it was a fracture give him a sling and send us home. The sling would'nt last longer than an hour maybe a day if he had a test in school. It's a judgement call on your part.In the mean time put it on ice. He will grow out of the punching stage. Hang in there. Brandons Mom
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I recently punched a wall out of anger much like your son. I have alot of swelling and bruising arouynd 3 of my knuckles, and pain when straightening or clencing my fist. Is is sore and spongy to touch.

Do you know if i may have broken it?

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there is no need to worry. i am always punching walls and breaking knuckles. they heal eventually by themselves. there is nothing that the doctors can do for broken knuckles. all they can say is dont put pressure on it. i could tel you that and i aint even a doctor. andrea
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i recently lost my cool and punched a wall and went into the stud.  my palm is bruised and i cant really move my hand from side to side.  the plus is that i can open and close my hand without much pain, but when lifting or any pressure it hurts towards the back of my hand.  the thing that really concerns me is my ring and pinky knucle look like they sunk in, it just looks really flat.  i dont currently have insurance so im trying to avoid the doc, but does anyone know if i really really need to get myself checked out or can this heal on its own. and by the way when i make a fist the knuckles come back up. please send some advice
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My whole arm was in plaster once because I had broken a knuckle, even today it causes me quite excessive pain if I overuse that hand.

I was 18 at the time, I am now 45 and there is more than a definite distortion of that knuckle and forefinger.

When young we think 'bah' and shrug it off, it isn't until we reach the ripe age of suffering arthritis that we fully understand the importance of getting any bone injury seen to when it happens.

Get it checked out!  After a recent break to the elbow, the fracture guy was overly concerned about the distortion of my forefinger and knuckle and despite me telling him I had fractured that knuckle many years ago, he still insisted I had it x-rayed as he was convinced it was due to my recent accident.

Never under estimate a break or fracture - you will suffer for it in later life.

Mine is jeoperdising my career as I am finding it more and more difficult to grip with that hand AND that is after the correct treatment of the fractured knuckle at the time.

Melbi
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.. Ok Im A Lil Worried Here .. I Wasnt Stupid And Punched A Door .. Couse Thats Nonsense .. Sorry To Affend Any One .. About 3 days ago on my way back from my friends house we wher driving .. and as i was getting ready to turn on my street and looked in my rear view to c some *** hole coming about 60 miles up on my *** .. so i stomped the gass made the guy follow me to my house .. come to find out he was some drunk .. cracked out loser .. just thinking it was all a game .. we knew he was drunk so we tried to pull the man out of his car .. so he wouldnt hurt any one with his aggresive (aggressive) driving  .. as we wher doin this the guy desides to throw his car in drive and rear end my car .. i just snapped .. i grabbed the guy buy the neck and started punching him with my left hand .. i hit the 3 times .. one of those times i cought a tooth to my middle knuckle .. my hole hand has been swollen for 3 days .. and its kinda freaken me out .. im just asken if this is normal? i have a 8 month little girl and i cant even pick her up couse of the entense pain ..so any one please tell me whats up
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You probably broke your hand..... Go see a doc.
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First of all, you have to take him to a physician. If he is a minor, failure to take him to a physician is a criminal offense and grounds for adult protective services to be involved in your family affairs. If I was a school nurse and a child informed me his mother did not take him to a physician I would be mandated by law to notify adult protective services. That being said, an x-ray is prudent. Yes these injuries generally heal bu themselves, however failure to obtain prompt medical attention may result in a loss of range of motion.
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You probably have an infection and need immediate treatment. I would not relate your "story" to those in the emergency room. What you committed was an unjustifiable assault, and your post on the internet, if he ever sees it, will make your attorney gag, and will be good for at least six months in the slammer for you.

That being said, do three haily mary's, and make a vow to control your temper next time, make up a story about a fight while you were "fooling around" and get this problem taken care of.
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I'm 15, punched a brick wall at my school and I used my pinky/ring finger like I always do when I punch something. There is a bruise coming up on my palm, and the whole thing is getting swolen. I can't move the finger from side to side, causes too much pain. Also like my finger has sunk an inch downwards while my other fingers stay normal. And the knuckle above my pinky has looked deformed and raised it up.
On the side of my hand I have a lump; a bone sticking on the side. I still feel it, but it doesn't move around. I feel like the bone attached to my finger went downwards, while my knuckle went upwards. Hard to explain since my age difference is different from the rest of you expert parents.
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ok so i box. and i have broken my fair share of knuckles. I reccomend alternating from ice and heat and also you can take an elastic bandage and wrap it around all four knuckles to prevent reinjury or movement.
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Well I havnt ever punched a wall but I did break my knuckle playing dodge ball it was painfull and I couldnt clench my hand properly, I left it and it didnt get better so I put a bandage round all my knuckles and it soon straightend back out again and know it is fine it still hurts if I put to much pressure on it but it sould get better in time. I f anyone needs any help on finding out wether they have broken a knuckle just email me on brooke_dean***@**** or reply to this statment thankyou.....
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Well, you probably have broken some knuckles maybe you should get it checked out soon they miht be able t give you pain killers for it, you even could of broke your fingers so its best to get it checked then you can pick your little girl up in no time cant you ..... if the pain is too much you should tske some paracetemel or somehing (sorry bad spelling)
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Last night i was messing around and punched a board. Come to find out i actually punched a screw that was sticking through the board directly in the center of my middle finger knuckle. I believe it went about a quarter of an inch deep into my knuckle and it hurts alot to straighten it out or touch it. Anyone know what i might have done to it and how can i make it better? Thanks
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Take your son for xrays and if it doesn't show anything watch it as it heals.  If it doesn't heal correctly it could be ligament damage (an xray won't pick up) and that requires surgery sometimes.  Don't make light of it.

And to eveyrone else besides the nurse, the boxer and a few others, how about an anger management class or two.  sheeesh
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I have a recent pinkie injury, too.  I was playing goal keeper for YMCA league soccer this summer, and got hit with a soccer ball.  My pinkie and ring finger on my right hand are both hurt, though the pinkie is much worse than the ring finger.  This happened three weeks ago, and it's still swollen.  All this time I've been telling myself that it isn't broken, because the finger looks relatively straight, but the middle knuckle (second back from my fingernail) is very swollen.  Also, while my finger is straight in regard to its not sticking out to one side or the other, the pinkie finger is bent from the joint being so swollen and I can neither straighten it out all the way, nor can I tighten my fist all the way, either (very little tightening, actually).

So, what should I do???  It's been three weeks, so I don't know if I should just let it heal up (since it's probably already set the way it's going to set), or go see a doctor, despite the fact that it's probably just a waiting game at this point until it's better??
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I once was at a company picnic where we were throwing softballs at this dunking booth.  My boss was in it and I really wanted to dunk him.  Long story short I slipped in the mud and landed with my left hand on the ground catching myself.  My left thumb bent all the way back.  It hurt a lot but I waited about two days to get xrays.  The xrays came back with nothing and they said it was sprained and wrapped it.  Well I let six weeks go by thinking it was a healing sprain.  It hurt so bad and I couldn't close my fist like you.  I went to the doctor and they did an MRI and my ligament had been torn the whole time - xrays won't catch that, only broken bones.  I ended up having major surgery on my hand taking a piece of tendon out of my arm and building a new ligament for my thumb.  It was the most painful surgery I have ever had including giving birth to my daughter.  DON'T WAIT IF YOU THINK SOMETHING IS WRONG.  GO TO THE DOCTOR.  Good luck!
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Today at school I was messing around with my friend, he asked me for a dead arm match, I went to punch him with my full power on his arm and he got his elbow in the way, my whole hand is swollen up, no bruises just abousately swollen the top of it, and my ring knuckle has sinked like an inch inside, it feels terribly painful to lift up, I can still obviously clinch my hand, (hurts a bit) and like straighten out my hand, but at the top of my hand I can feel something ROCK solid, idk if it's the swelling, and when I clinch my hand the ring finger is bigger then the middle finger when I clinch my hand and I see my fingers with hair on it you know the place I mean? My other hand has a smalled ring finger then the middle one... IDK what I should do, I don't want to go to the doctors, I'm putting ice on it atm, and it just really hurts! - Will it heal by itself at the knuckle will pop back out again once the swelling is over?

P.S: When I open my hand, I can't feel a bone in my knuckles persition, when I move my finger over my ring finger knuckle I can then feel something hard like a bone on it, my hand sinks into it, it's all soft and stuff... and I touch my ring finger knuckle I can feel something inside it moving but that doesn't hurt. Only when I move my ring finger around it does.

PLEASE RESPOND, I AM WORRIED.
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im english, but i had the same problem as your son, anger issues and a severe tendency to punch things when i got angry or frustrated, i got expelled from school for it. i broke my knuckle when id had abit 2 drink and decided in all my 16 years of wisdom to punch a bus stop. turned out id broke my little finger on my left hand, when as soon as id done it, despite the amount of alcohol, i immediently felt this extreme, almost unbearable dull pain, and my finger and the 2 next to it swelled up unbelievably quick. i got myself home and fell asleep. i woke up and my hand was still swollen and i had that dull pain i mentioned. i went to work with it because i thought it was nothing and i tried to shrug it off, however the knuckle had just dissapeared, when i tried to make a fist (which hurt like hell believe me) the knuckle wasnt there, it seemed to have just sank into my hand, i finished my shift and immediently went to the hospital, where after numerous x- rays and examinations (can you make a fist? can you spread your fingers ect?) it was confirmed i had indeed broken my knuckle. the docs just bandaged it up gave me a week off work, and geve me an apointment to go bak and see them in 2 weeks. after 6 weeks the knuckle healed and the docs said it was ok. however even now about a year and a half afterwards, it still lookes like i have no knuckle on my left hands little finger, and it does seem to come out further than the little finger on my other hand when i spread my fingers. there is no pain though and i can still punch fine with it as i am now in the british army boxing team and have had no problems with it. i think the reason for this is i took myself to the hospital as soon as i could after doing it so it didn't have time to heal itself in the wrong place or be knocked into a funny angle. there was talk of my needing plates in my knuckle just to make sure it set itself straight, which would have been a long and painful procedure i can assure you! however i refused that option as i had work and army selection course coming up so the treated my as i have mentined and it is now fine. i would reccomend to you, and everyone else on this forum though that a suspected broken knuckle needs to be checked out ASAP as if left untreated it could heal wrong, causing great pain and arthritis in later life. not to mention the pain caused if you bang/knock it at work or somewere. and it could also affect your future as if it heals wrong it can greatley affect your room of mobility in not just his knuckle, but your sons whole hand. and as for the punching things phase, he'll grow out of it eventually, but untull then, suggest he takes up a sport such as boxing? it helped me a great deal. good luck!
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My eldest brother( who died at the age of 92,had mild injury in the in the his child hood. The injury was neglected. envntually his leg was operated and a bone was placed in the place of knee.At that time the surerty of knee was not developed as of now. with that old surgery, his feet remant straight and when he walked, he had a noticible limp, Because of this his whole life was a waste. He developed depression because of apperent crippleness.
Little carelessness ruined his life and it had bad effect on our whole family. One has  to take care of a mallest injury.
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Hello, I punched a fridge about 3 to 4 times after a fight with my brother I know it was stupid but it was either him or the fridge lol, but my pinky knuckle I still kinda swollen and there is a bump right below my knuckle and its been 1 week and 5 days already, I am 18 living on my own with no health insurance so I'v been avoiding the doctor.. Just looking for some advice dont know if I need a sling, need a doctor, or if it just needs time to heal? Would someone please respond either on this website or by email, you can contact me at ***@****
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