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Does a swollen and blackened bruise require medical attention?

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Dr. Praveen Tayal

Orthopaedic Surgeon

Practicing since :1994

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Posted on Wed, 24 Apr 2019 in Bones, Muscles and Joints
Question: I had a nasty fall on Wednesday and my left hand is turning black. Should I seek help for this or is putting ice and heat on it enough?
Answered by Dr. Praveen Tayal 45 minutes later
Brief Answer:

Fracture needs to be ruled out.

Detailed Answer:


I have seen the attached photo. You have a large swelling and skin color changes in the hand. This suggests a hematoma formation. A fracture needs to be ruled out after an X-ray.

If there is any numbness in the fingers then an immediate physician evaluation is needed. Keep the hand elevated on two pillows while resting to decrease the swelling.

Hope I have answered your query.

Take care

Dr Praveen Tayal, Orthopaedic Surgeon
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