Last year in July I hurt my ring finger on my right hand. It was due to catching a ball which struck the finger. I had pain throughout the finger, couldn't bend the joint closest to the finger nail. Xrays were taken at the ER and they suspected a crack on top of the joint that is located above the knuckle and also to the inside of this same joint (facing the middle finger). I did see my family doctor a week later and another xray was taken. He said yes it is cracked and wear the splint for another week. The next day he called and said no its not fractured.
Around the first week of the injury I noticed a lump on the inside of the middle joint (facing the middle finger) which isn't visible to the eye only by touch), clicking type sound when I move the finger up and down, pins n' needles sensations in this area and radiating into the hand/wrist, pain when bending the finger.
I did have physical therapy on this finger for four months. However I still have all the symptoms listed above and they haven't improved.
Symptoms that are becoming slowly worse... pins n' needles in the finger which is radiating into the hand. Occurs when at rest but increases when bending the finger. Pain same as the pins n' needles-radiating into the hand, worse when bending. The bump is still there and I can feel clicking type sensation when bending the finger.
I continue to exercise the finger to keep it mobile but can only tolerate short periods due to pain, pins n' needles etc.
It's 6 months now and besides the movement which I am grateful for, the pain etc continues.
I've had follow ups with my family doctor, asked him about the symptoms above, he didn't say anything or maybe he didn't know. I asked my family doctor a month ago if I could see a hand specialist or orthopedic but he didn't think it was necessary.
Should I be seeing a hand specialist or orthopedic??
I live in Canada so we need a referral from a family doctor to see specialists.
Thank you for your help :)
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