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Not able to bend the finger after getting hurt. Have swelling and bruising. Need x-ray? Should I keep it moving?

I hurt my ring finger playing basketball a week ago. i was able to bend the finger right afterwards, and it was sore. But during the night my finger swelled up and had pretty severe bruising. I have it splinted. It hurts to move it much. I went to a walk in clinic but 3 hour wait so i left. Should i have an xray done now? Should i keep it straight? i dont want the joint to be stiff but i also dont want to keep moving it if it should be kept straight.
Asked On : Wed, 9 Jan 2013
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hi there, initially after your finger was hurt you could move it but later as a reaction to injury and bruising there is edema and swelling which is causing the restriction of movement. It would be wise to get an x-ray and rule out fracture. In the mean while you can put a splint, do not move it , keep it in an elevated position and take some anti-inflammatory like brufen till you get a consultation.The sooner it is done the better as if there is a fracture it will unite improperly leaving your finger with deformity. Take care.
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