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    Knuckle injury from pad striking?

    So I joined up an MMA gym last week and took my first class in Muay Thai. I previously did "Ninjutsu" for several years. We were working on punching combos on focus mitts and the next day my right middle finger knuckle hurt immensely. Even when running my finger over the knuckle extremely lightly with no pressure it still burned and applying pressure to it is unbearably painful. A friend of mine in the medical field said I may have aggravated a nerve typically to the side of my knuckle, and moved it on top of my knuckle. I didn't think I could sprain the bone on a pad, but I'm new so I don't know. Oh and I owe the hospital a few hundred bills so I'm trying to delay the inevitable visit as long as I can. I tried icing it but that didn't help.

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    Were you wearing gloves? Did you wrap your hands?

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    No. We wore gloves last night, but the night before we didn't.

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    Yeah, probably a bruise or a nerve. It happens if you don't wear the right gloves.
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    Quote Originally Posted by onikage
    So I joined up an MMA gym last week and took my first class in Muay Thai. I previously did "Ninjutsu" for several years. We were working on punching combos on focus mitts and the next day my right middle finger knuckle hurt immensely. Even when running my finger over the knuckle extremely lightly with no pressure it still burned and applying pressure to it is unbearably painful. A friend of mine in the medical field said I may have aggravated a nerve typically to the side of my knuckle, and moved it on top of my knuckle. I didn't think I could sprain the bone on a pad, but I'm new so I don't know. Oh and I owe the hospital a few hundred bills so I'm trying to delay the inevitable visit as long as I can. I tried icing it but that didn't help.

    Any ideas?
    Was there any swelling? Have you applied hot or cold treatment? Normally when I have pain after any bag/makiwara striking I apply tiger balm to heat-up the area and bring fresh blood in (it will help with healing).

    Slight pressure and extreme pain does sound nerve related, hopefully it heals quickly! If not cut off that hand it's just slowing you down.

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    I iced it for a long time but it didn't change anything. I put gloves on and even the inside of the glove touching the knuckle hurts. I'm hoping I can just punch through the pain and kill that stupid nerve lol.

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    From now on, wear gloves.


    The whole "IM GONNA LEARN TAH PUNCH FOR DA STREET" by hitting the bag or padwork without gloves is flawed.

    I followed this philosophy.

    I thought it didn't apply with a standin bag/wavemaster. But i was wrong. I started wearing gloves for that, then i took the gloves off after a few weaks and went bare knucle, i found i was hitting hard enough that i was hurting my wrist.

    I took it for a good thing, means i was no longer hitting like a *****.

    If you hit the bag/pads bare knuckle, you will end up instinctivly holding back, and thus holding back your "TRUE POWER".


    So wear gloves good sir, and wrap your hands.

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    Good advice lol I'll use gloves from now on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by onikage
    I iced it for a long time but it didn't change anything. I put gloves on and even the inside of the glove touching the knuckle hurts. I'm hoping I can just punch through the pain and kill that stupid nerve lol
    Hmmm, bro, no. There are times that "no pain, no gain" is uber-retarded, and this is one of those moments. I could understand if your knuckles hurt when hitting something, but if they hurt just by putting the gloves on, that's a sign of God (or some other cosmic entity) telling you to take a fucking break!!! :biblethum

    Seriously, though. I would not hit anything for a few days if I were you. Let that poor **** heal, man!

    Keep icing it, even if it feels nothing it's happening. Ice it, 10 minutes at a time to start, and see if you can go up to 15 minutes. Of course, you may need to withdraw the ice/ice packs every few minutes, but you should put aside 10 minutes just to ice it as much as safely possible (at least in the mornings and at nights.)

    And in between, when you are not icing it, apply tiger balm or icy-hot (make sure NOT to do this within an hour after applying ice). Massage the affected areas with the ointment.

    If after a few days you don't feel any improvement, go see a doctor. Really.
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