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Swelling to the middle joint of the finger while playing sports - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   My finger was hit with a ball in a softball game about four weeks ago while the top joint has gotten better the middle joint is still really swollen and I am unable to bend it what should I do how long should it take to recover ?
Doctor :   hello
User :   hello
Doctor :   i am Dr XXXX here
Doctor :   may i know your age and gender please ?
User :   I am a 30 year old female
Doctor :   and has the swelling subsided since past 4 weeks ?
User :   in everything but the middle knuckle that is pretty swollen still not as bad as it was but still swollen
Doctor :   and you have zero movement in that joint ?
Doctor :   or you can move it a little ?
User :   pretty close maybe like 5% movement
User :   it doesn't hurt so bad in the joint to move it but above the joint
Doctor :   and did you saw a doctor for it ?
User :   I feels very stiff
User :   no I haven't
Doctor :   ok less than 5% movement and still the swollen joint indicates either a fracture or a torn ligament , which needs medical attention, an Xray should be done
User :   ok is it bad that I have waited 4 weeks ?
Doctor :   did you put some splint ?
Doctor :   to restrict its movement ?
User :   yes I have
User :   however I have knocked it around a bit it's hard to not do that
Doctor :   ok well now what you need to do is that you have to get an X ray
Doctor :   are you taking any pain medications ?
User :   no it really isn't all that painful I have taken ibprophen
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   well it does need medical attention and the dont further delay it please
User :   ok
User :   thanks that was what I was afraid of.
Doctor :   your welcome
Doctor :   take care of yourself
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