Late last March, I sustained a hand injury, a half
Patient :Late last March, I sustained a hand injury, a half inch rope was under great strain and snapped, the backlash his the back of my right hand through two layers of gloves.It caused a lot of swellings and yellowing on the area of impact, mainly around the fourth metacarpal of my right hand. I went to the local health center and had them take some x-rays of my hand, 3 from different angles. They told me the lab results showed my hand to be "perfectly fine." It has been a little over four months since the injury, I still have a small lump where the injury was and I noticed that my fourth metacarpal appears to have shortened about 1/4th to 1/3rd of an inch. The knuckes of my ring and pinky joints appear to be perpendicular to my wrist, rather than being slanted and lined up with the middle joint (like my left hand appears). I was wondering if I should be concerned about the apparent shortening of this bone(?), considering the health center told me that my hand was "perfectly fine." Do I have anything to worry about? Or should I get another checkup and see if everything really is fine? (By the way, I have full range of movement of that hand and there is no discomfort, i'm mainly concerned about long-term problems this might cause_
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It is a unusual case with shortening of Metacarpal, swelling and induration of soft tissue is normal and can take upto 6 months to fully resolve.
Judging by no bony injury at initial evaluation and presently full range of motion there doesn't seem to problem with your hand but I would still like to see the image of your affected hand laid flat on the table alongside unaffected hand for evaluation.
My question is since when have you noticed the change in shape of your knuckles and decreasing length of bone.
Kindly follow up with the image of your hand along with any doubts. Feel free to discuss.
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