What should I do about my swollen pinky?
May 7, 2007 2:32 PM Subscribe
Swollen pinky after having it caught in someone's sleeve when attempting to punch said someone. Will it go away on its own?
posted by nihraguk to health & fitness (11 answers total)
To put things in context, this took place during a martial arts session, not in a bar. I stupidly didn't clench my fist tightly enough when throwing a punch and somehow the pinky of my right hand got caught in my opponent's sleeve or something. It hurt at that point, and felt like something got wrenched in a not-good way. It wasn't hurting bad enough then, so I continued with the rest of the session and later applied an icepack to the finger for a couple of minutes.
The finger doesn't really hurt anymore, but it is slightly swollen compared to the left pinky. There are also these purple-ish bruise-looking blotches along the inside length of the finger and on one of the finger joints. The swelling means that I can't bend the finger completely, but other than that it's just a nuisance. Because the swelling seems to be the only thing inhibiting the finger's full range of movement, I don't think I've broken it. I hope I haven't, that is.
It's been 2 days since the incident, and neither the swelling nor the bruising seems to have abated. Having watched too many medical dramas, I'm wondering if I need to see a doctor about it, or whether it'll disappear on its own, given more time. Being a poor student, I would also like to avoid going to the doctor only to be told that it'll go away on it's own and being prescribed some ibuprofen or something.
So any advice would be appreciated.