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Knuckle pain

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  • Posted By: Jacktaris
  • February 20, 2009
  • 06:29 AM

I recently injured my knuckles during martial arts class and now,my knuckle of my last finger is very pain when i touch it.I can still fully straighten my finger and bend it but when sometimes,accidental touching causes a sharp pain.it is only in a specific part of the knuckle.

May i know what is the best treatment for this and what am i diagnosed with.
Please help me and thank you.I'm scared that i can't do martial arts again
(sorry for my bad english)

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  • Jactaris, I'm an Ironworker, and over 20 plus years I've smashed, hammered and had my fingers and knuckles banged many, many times. I've had the same (I think) pain as you, and a few times thought it was a break or fracture. One of the first times was hitting it with a 4 pound beater (small sledge type hammer), and I thought I was going to pass out. I still have some small bumps where some injuries have occurred, but I think it's a form of arthritis or scar tissue that surrounds the wound when it heals. Anyway, as far as yours, it sounds like you may have bruised it, or possibly have a fracture. The bruise will go away as long as you lay off of hitting it until it does. No matter what, if I were you, I would go see a hand and arm specialist and have them check it out. I'd say a doctor worth his salt would be ok, but sometimes it's better to just go to the one who deals with this type of thing everyday. Especially if you can find one that is geared toward sports injuries. It's better to check it out and find out that it's nothing (not saying your injury is NOT serious) than to "wait and see", then find out down the road that you should have had it taken care of when it happened. All injuries to joints and bones will result in some sort of arthritis later in life. I learned this the hard way. I have a daughter who had a knee injury when younger in soccer. The doctor gave us a wrong diagnosis saying there was nothing they could do about it. About a year ago, I had her got to my podiatrist (foot doctor). He told her that her foot would now need major reconstruction to fix it, but if they had done it immediately, it would have been a relatively easy fix. Go have it checked out by someone who knows that part of the body, not some quack who doesn't, or won't admit that they don't. You won't regret it if you do go. You may very well regret it if you don't. Good luck! (And your English isn't all that bad:)).
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    • February 22, 2009
    • 08:41 PM
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