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I cut my index finger pretty badly about 5 months ago. It

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I cut my index finger pretty badly about 5 months ago. It is at the side of the top knuckle joint. The wound healed fine. However I have pain in the joint to bend or put pressure. The swelling never went down, and the opposite side of the knuckle seems to continue to get bigger as well.
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Dr Basu replied 4 years ago.

mysticdoc :

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mysticdoc :

Hello,

mysticdoc :

Thanks for your question.

mysticdoc :

Do you mean the index finger is swollen at the middle joint?

JACUSTOMER-gkrjynqy- :

the very top joint

mysticdoc :

ok

mysticdoc :

it seems there has been scar tissue fromation.

mysticdoc :

formation.

mysticdoc :

This is casuing the problem.

mysticdoc :

The finger tendon is getting pinched.

mysticdoc :

You need to see an orthopedic surgeon.

mysticdoc :

Steroid injection often helps

mysticdoc :

In some cases, surgery may be required to remove the scar tissue.

mysticdoc :

Hand physical therapy also will help.

JACUSTOMER-gkrjynqy- :

really? why does the opposite side swell?

JACUSTOMER-gkrjynqy- :

and if I would have gone to er for stitches would it have prevented this?

mysticdoc :

yes can happen on the opposite side as well.

mysticdoc :

stitches may not have prevented this.

mysticdoc :

The body sometimes forms excessive scar tissue

JACUSTOMER-gkrjynqy- :

are they going to laugh at my me saying fix my finger;)

JACUSTOMER-gkrjynqy- :

what if I don't take care of it?

mysticdoc :

No this is specialty of hand surgeon ( a subspecialty in orthopedics).

mysticdoc :

It may remain the same or worsen over time.

mysticdoc :

Arthritis may set in the joint limiting movement further.

JACUSTOMER-gkrjynqy- :

Does worsen mean limiting usage, I ride horses

mysticdoc :

Steroid injection and hand physical therapy should be tried first.

mysticdoc :

yes correct

JACUSTOMER-gkrjynqy- :

via an orthopedic or GP?

mysticdoc :

orthopedic

mysticdoc :

Best wishes,

mysticdoc :

Best wishes,

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