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Hand hurting after punching wall. Is my hand broken? It was half-inch drywall.
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Dr. Alvin Lin
Internal Medicine - Geriatrics
In brief: Maybe . . .
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.

In brief: Maybe . . .
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.
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