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A 38-year-old member asked:

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

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Danny Proffitt
Family Medicine 43 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.
Dr. Raymond Raven
Hand Surgery 24 years experience
Ice, elevation, and-: See a doctor. If you have significant hand swelling after hitting a wall, you may might have a fracture or tendon injury. Be sure to see a doctor for a comprehensive evaluation.

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A 26-year-old female asked:

Why does my hands up to my elbow keep going numb and tingly. Also it seems to happen more when i'm driving and sleeping it wakes me up numerous times.?

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