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Swollen index finger - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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Very Good Posted in: Bones, Muscles and Joints
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User :   My son fell on his right index finger at football practice a week ago yesterday, he can bend it, but inbetween the tip and the next joint it is still swollen the same as the day he did it. Should we take him to get x-rayed or is it to late.
Doctor :   Hi,
Doctor :   Dr XXX here
Doctor :   May i ask you , when did the swelling appear ?
User :   the day it happened 23 Sept
Doctor :   ok,
Doctor :   was there swelling since then ?
User :   yes sir, hasn't went down at all, we have iced and soaked it
Doctor :   well in this case you have top get an X Ray, may be not too late , but if done earlier would be better
Doctor :   to*
Doctor :   any minor crack in the bone or a tear in the joint ligament can give rise to a swelling
Doctor :   and of course the small bones are prone for fractures more
Doctor :   but heal faster
Doctor :   only the pain would be not too much , hence unattended often
User :   OK thanks
Doctor :   is there anything i can help you with ?
User :   no, sir..thanks
Doctor :   Thanks for consulting me, kindly provide your feedback
Doctor :   Bye for now, have nice time ahead
Doctor :   take care
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