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A 41-year-old member asked:

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

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Dr. Alvin Lin
Geriatrics 31 years experience
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.
Dr. Raymond Wittstadt
Hand Surgery 37 years experience
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.

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A 38-year-old member asked:

How do you stop your hand swelling up after you hit a wall?

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Dr. Danny Proffitt
Family Medicine 44 years experience
Ice and elevation: Use ice and elevation and if it persists or there is significant pain and swelling, see your pcp or an orthopedist. A light compression dressing such as a lightly wrapped ace bandage may help. Don't take a chance, get it checked out.
Last updated Jun 17, 2021

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