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At work last night a had a wicker from a cable puncture the skin in between my index and middle finger (very close to my middle knuckle) it went through the backside of my hand. I'm not sure if it hit the joint of the knuckle or not as it happened so fast. All I can see is the very small entry and exit. It only bled about a drop out of both holes. Anyway I didn't think much of it knowing I'm good on my tetanus shot (3 years). Approx an hour later is started to feel stiff without being swollen just that knuckle. Approx 5 hours later my whole finger is stiff and hurts to the touch especially at the other knuckles. It's not locked but I only have about an inch of movement measured at the tip of that finger before the pain gets pretty bad. I'm no stranger to fractured fingers. It hurts worse than that when I move past that inch. Am just wondering if I should go in. It seamed to fast for an infection and it's not warm or red. I'm at a loss and was hoping there was a reasonable explanation for the rest of the finger getting stiff and hurting. I'm not much for going in cause I'm kinda broke haha. Just looking for some insight before I  inevitably take my but I to the doctor for a sliver. ;) thanks for your time!! Oh and I can't straighten the finger very well, it's painful to do. Should I splint it?

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Sorry this question just came through on my email. You should definitely get this looked at if you haven't already. This should be covered under workers comp and you would not be out any money. These minor appearing injuries can be really severe you can get an infection that runs along the tendon and causes the symptoms you're having. You would at least need to get on antibiotics hopefully you would not need surgery I would get into an orthopedic clinic

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Joe A Shaw PA-C

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Most general questions that have to do with orthopedic and /or occupational medicine or ergonomics. With a focus on upper extremity disorders such as carpal tunnel syndrome. After many years of treating and diagnosing carpal tunnel syndrome I have developed a detailed website about carpal tunnel syndrome at
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I have been a board certified Physician Assistant for 17 years, in the fields of occupational and orthopedic medicine.

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American Academy of Physician Assistants, State Academy of Physician Assistants.

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Physician Assistant degree from the University of Florida College of Medicine PA program. Bachelor of Health and Science degree. Board Certified Physician Assistant, Ergonomic certification, University of Michigan ergonomics certification. Associate Science degree in Emergency Medical Technology. Former Paramedic, EMT and Firefighter.

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Current certifications in Advanced Cardiac Life support, and Basic life support, and CPR certification. University of Michigan Ergonomic training and certification.

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