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Forum Name: Bone trauma and fractures

Question: have i broken my knuckle or is it deep bruising?


 kzvin - Sun Feb 18, 2007 2:21 pm

i punched a wall out of frustration and my knuckle quickly became bruised, i read off another website that if i pressde directly onto my knuckles, if they went into a spongy layer then it was broken however, when practicing this theory, my knuckle did not go down... is it broken or deeply bruised?
 Dr. Chan Lowe - Sun Feb 18, 2007 11:50 pm

User avatar Determining the presence of a fracture vs. a deep bruise can be difficult. If the pain is getting better over the course of 1-2 days a fracture is less likely. If the pain worsens or continues, especially if there is tenderness when pressing along a small area, there may be a fracture.

These are far from definite rules, however. If you are concerned about a fracture I suggest that you be evaluated by your doctor. If there is still concern, x-rays can be done to look for fractures.

Hope this helps some.

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