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Broken/cracked knuckle?

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • April 28, 2010
  • 11:11 PM

About 2 months ago I was out drinking and out of stupidity punched a pole very hard. It didn't hurt very much at the time, as i was drinking. The next day my middle finger knuckle and the parts closest to it were very swollen; My knuckle was double in size and didnt have the shape of a knuckle anymore. My hand hurt a good amount when opened/closed it. I decided to just leave it alone. The swelling went down gradually over 3 weeks or so. After the swelling went down all the way, my knuckle still hurt when i put pressure on it, but i thought it was just still healing. It has now been 2 months, i have full range of motion without any pain, however when I apply pressure to the knuckle, it hurts a good amount. Also, in the top right corner of the knuckle it almost feels like there is a hole and i can move what feels like a piece of bone around without pain really. I am writing this because my friends and I joke around alot and give each other 'dead arms' or just punch each other in the arm and today after punching a friend in the arm my knuckle really hurt. Is it going to heal itself? what could be wrong with it? I have heard that a fractured/broken knuckle kills so i doubt i have that. Also do i need to see a doctor? what could they do to help? I've been hoping to get into boxing, but if i can't punch that won't be happening. help.

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  • I am having the same exact problem. Middle knuckle got hit with a racquet in racquetball any suggestions? It has been about 3 weeks and I still have sweling and pain.
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  • Most likely just bruised it. If you'd seriously damaged it you wouldn't be able to move it properly at all. I do martial arts, so have seen lot's of knuckle and joint injuries.If it's bruised it'll take a while to heal, since it's a finger joint and is moved around alot, slowing the healing process. Can't hurt to go and get it checked professionally though, if it *is* fractured and heals wrong, you're in for a world of hurt to correct it.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • February 3, 2011
    • 00:54 PM
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  • Same thing hapened me! I punched my drawer (it's now a shelf... Long story) and broke it. I didn't feel any pain at the time but started to feel pain around 20 minutes later (adrenaline?). It's now been well over a month and a half and i have the exact same simptoms! It doesn't hurt when i move it, i have full mobility. BUT when i punch something or touch it off anything it hurts alot. I can feel it and compare it to my other middle finger knuckle. My left knuckle is clearly a single straight bone accross the top, but my right knuckle feels like it is split horizontally. I can feel a gap with my finger and i'm pretty worried about any long-term effects i might have from ignoring it. I havn't seen a doctor or taken any sort of anti-inflamitory or painkillers. Please suggest any fixes and thanks! :P :P :P
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