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Left hand injury, swelling, pain on closing fist. Using heat, ice. X-ray negative. Treatment options?

I slipped on my back deck and fell on my left hand and it was bent backwards. I had x-rays made which were negitive, My hand is swollen and hurts when I close my fist or strighten my hand. I am using ice and heat but it is showing little improvement. What else can I do to improve the healing . I am a golfer and very concerned.
Asked On : Wed, 20 Jun 2012
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Welcome to HealthcareMagic forum.

If Xrays are negative for fracture, the swelling and pain are results of muscle/soft tissue inflammation.

The following measures will benefit you and help you in early recovery:
- Continue icing and avoid using the affected limb for any physical activity.
- Perhaps immobilizing the affected region might be useful.
- Use antiinflammatory drugs. Over the counter medications such as ibuprofen 400mg twice a day after food for a week can be tried. Alternative take a prescription from your doctor containing stronger non steroidal antinflammatory drug such as diclofenac with muscle relaxant.
- Avoid massage / manipulating the affected region. You may apply a thin film of topical analgesics such as volini gel/spray.

You should be able to recover well in a week's time.

Wish you a speedy recovery.
Answered: Thu, 21 Jun 2012
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