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how do you stop your hand swelling up after punching a wall?

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Dr. Alvin Lin
Dr. Alvin Lin answered
29 years experience Geriatrics
Ice, ice, baby!: For just about any injury, ice is the key to minimizing swelling. Well that plus rest, compression & elevation. However, if you did more than bruise your hand, especially if you've "lost a knuckle" (it's no longer visible when you make a fist), you might have broken a bone & should go see your family doc. Any numbness, tingling, weakness and/or excess bleeding needs to be evaluated immediately.
Answered on Oct 9, 2020
Dr. Raymond Wittstadt
35 years experience Hand Surgery
Ice and Elevation: If your hand swelled up after punching a wall it is highly likely that you broke something in your hand. You should get it checked out and x-rayed to make sure. Acute treatment for any type of potential fracture is to apply ice, and elevate the injured part above your heart. Stop hitting walls with your hand.
Answered on Nov 26, 2019
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