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Bismarck, ND
A 32-year-old female asked:

My 103lb dog tried running outside. i. caught her with my left hand. pain in wrist, palm, and middle finger and is very warm now. can't make a fist ?

3 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery 30 years experience
Be seen: I would encourage you to be seen. While there are many possibilities that could represent minimal injuries, you may very well have ruptured one if the flexor tendons in your hand, which would require surgery to fix. When a flexor tendon injury occurs, patients have pain and swelling in the palm and are unable to make a fist like you are describing.
Dr. Carol Stauffer-munekata
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Get an X-Ray: See your PCM or go to an Urgent Care for an evaluation and X-ray. Your wrist is sprained and may be fractured. Ace wrap, elevation, and Ice the area while awaiting medical care - and do not drive! Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Motrin will help with pain until your evaluation.
Dr. Mark Hutchinson
Orthopedic Surgery 35 years experience
Flexor tendon: You may have ruptured a flexor tendon or suffered a jersey finger. It should be checked

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