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How to treat pain and swelling in ring finger caused due to injury?

I took a pitch (in fastpitch softball) to the ring finger today and now it is swollen and has reddish-purple lines across it. I have iced it on and off and I stopped playing because I couldn t throw. It hurts to put pressure on it and I can t bend it all the way.
Mon, 29 Jun 2015
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Resting and icing it is a good idea, but also it might be best to get seen by your doctor or urgent care in the next day or so. You got hit pretty hard since it seems you have bruising, and I would be concerned about a bad sprain or even a fracture. In either case you will need at minimum a splint, and xrays will tell you if a fracture is present. It's important to get such injuries evaluated early because prompt treatment can prevent later problems with healing and disability. Hope this helps.
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How to treat pain and swelling in ring finger caused due to injury?

Resting and icing it is a good idea, but also it might be best to get seen by your doctor or urgent care in the next day or so. You got hit pretty hard since it seems you have bruising, and I would be concerned about a bad sprain or even a fracture. In either case you will need at minimum a splint, and xrays will tell you if a fracture is present. It s important to get such injuries evaluated early because prompt treatment can prevent later problems with healing and disability. Hope this helps.