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Dr. Stuart Hilliard
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Thumb Injury (Overview)

Described as any traumatic event involving the thumb. The trauma might include but not be limited to skin, nerves, tendons, ligaments, cartilage, blood vessels and bone.


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Stiff jammed finger avulsion fracture 2 months?

Stiff jammed finger avulsion fracture 2 months?

Follow up: While an avulsion fracture usually heals well on its own with time, if you are still having stiffness two months out, you need to follow up with a hand specialist or orthopedic surgeon for evaluation. Waiting too much longer may prevent anything more from being done to increase your motion. ...Read more

Dr. Stuart Hilliard
88 doctors shared insights

Thumb Injury (Overview)

Described as any traumatic event involving the thumb. The trauma might include but not be limited to skin, nerves, tendons, ligaments, cartilage, blood vessels and bone.


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How do I fix a thumb injury?

How do I fix a thumb injury?

Depends on injury: If you injured your thumb you should be evaluated by a physician. Xrays should be ordered to rule out a fracture. If it is a dislocation then wearing a splint will be necessary. If it is a sprain it depends which ligament is sprained or torn because sometimes surgery is required. Better to get evaluated by an md for hand injuries rather than just wait to see if it heals on its own. ...Read more

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Treating Eye Injuries (Checklist)

Seek immediate medical attention
Once
If it's a chemical exposure, rinse eye with water for 15 minutes
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Do NOT rub eye
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Tfcc injured. Will immobilization of the wrist heal cartilage?

Tfcc injured. Will immobilization of the wrist heal cartilage?

Varies: It varies quite a bit, depending in part on the severity of the injury to the TFCC. Some people may have a very mild injury and do fine without even immobilization, while others can have injuries severe enough they need surgery. Initial immobilization is appropriate for many TFCC injuries to see if they will heal. May want to discuss specifics if your injury with your MD. ...Read more

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Finger injury stiff and can't bend?

Finger injury stiff and can't bend?

See doc.: If you can't bend it you should see a doc to prevent lifelong loss of function. A fracture through the joint can heal improperly and cause permanent loss of ability to use the finger normally. ...Read more

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Treating a Head Injury (Checklist)

Get help now
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Try not to diagnose yourself
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Don't drive a vehicle--have someone else drive you
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Ice the area, if you can
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What are some of the symptoms that could follow a thumb injury?

What are some of the symptoms that could follow a thumb injury?

Pain, swelling...: Simple thumb injuries, such as sprains, can cause pain, swelling and stiffness. Symptoms should improve over the course of a few weeks. More complex injuries can result in fractures and ligament ruptures (severe sprains) and in some cases require treatment, such as casting or surgery. See your doctor if you have any concerns. ...Read more

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Will a sprained finger bruise?

Will a sprained finger bruise?

Not necessarily: A bruise usually appears from torn blood vessels. If you have had a mild sprain, there may be pain and swelling without any bruising ...Read more

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Treating a Rotator Cuff Injury (Checklist)

Have a check-up with your orthopedic or sports doc
Monthly
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Why does thumb injury hurts more splinted?

Not sure: Possibly the splint is not applied properly or in correct position. If it for a fracture, perhaps a well padded thumb spica cast might be more comfortable. One should actually be more comfortable if an injury is immobilized in a splint or cast in the proper position check with your ortho if not better. ...Read more

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Can your left pinky ulnar styloid fracture cause middle finger trigger digit?

Can your left pinky ulnar styloid fracture cause middle finger trigger digit?

No the ulnar styloid: Is not directly connected there but if the hand is very swollen froma fracture and the trigger finger was waiting for a reason to become more symptomatioc then the swelling in the hadn could be the tipping point. But a direct cause...Unlikley. Causlality is a tricky issue as we often attribute one problem to another temporally, but you might as well blame a trigger finger on a thunderstorm. ...Read more

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Knee injury seems related to patellar tendon rupture. Xray?

Knee injury seems related to patellar tendon rupture. Xray?

Physical exam: An xray will not directly show a patellar tendon rupture, however, typically your knee cap will be further up your leg than normal. The xray will also show if a piece of bone was pulled off of the patella or tibia. The diagnosis is made clinically - you cannot raise your leg straight up while keeping your knee straight. You may also feel a defect in the tendon. ...Read more

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Past finger injuries affecting guitar playing. Are there finger rehab exercises?

Past finger injuries affecting guitar playing. Are there finger rehab exercises?

Yes: There are finger exercises that a hand therapist can teach you to strengthen your fingers, but you should be evaluated by a hand surgeon to make sue there are no correctable injuries. ...Read more

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Could my finger be fractured, sprained or jammed?

Could my finger be fractured, sprained or jammed?

X-ray: If you have any doubts and it is painful and swollen, get medical attention with an x-ray. ...Read more

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Dislocated thumb - lingering pain/weakness. Will arthritis set in?

Dislocated thumb - lingering pain/weakness.  Will arthritis set in?

Bad news: When you have dislocated thumb that not good , you should check out and treated. Thank you. ...Read more

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Could a torn rotator cuff cause an immobile index finger?

Could a torn rotator cuff cause an immobile index finger?

No: The two have minimal affect upon the other. There are cases where a surgery for the rotator cuff tear (arthroscopy with rotator cuff repair) causes enough swelling in the hand. The swelling can cause "triggering", or stiffness in the index finger. Just a torn rotator cuff can on rare occasions cause the same problem. Other surgeries to the shoulder, elbow, or wrist can do the same. ...Read more

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Wrist & forearm stiffness little finger sits on top of ring finger after foosh. X-ray clear MRI - degenerative tear tfcc ultrasound carpal tunnel?

Wrist & forearm stiffness little finger sits on top of ring finger after foosh. X-ray clear MRI - degenerative tear tfcc ultrasound carpal tunnel?

Possible: A fall on outstretched arm may lead to a tear of the triangular fibrocartilage complex. It is also possible the tear predates the fall hence the term degenerative tear. It may not be possible at times to separate the differences between the two ...Read more

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Is every elbow injury considered "tennis elbow"?

Is every elbow injury considered "tennis elbow"?

No: Tennis elbow is a specific diagnosis. It happens to be the most common cause of lateral elbow pain, but there are many other diagnoses. See an upper extremity surgeon for a correct diagnosis and treatment plan. ...Read more

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Is a rotator cuff injury a serious injury?

Is a rotator cuff injury a serious injury?

It depend: What kind injury, if minor inflammations it is not, if you have a tear in it is need surgery. ...Read more

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Can having a thumb injury also cause numbness in that upper arm?

Unlikely: All though injuries to the hand fingers and thumb can cause localized numbness, it is unlikely for a thumb injury to cause numbness in the upper arm. If symptoms persist, see your doctor or hand specialists for an evaluation. ...Read more

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Dr. Scott Keith
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Injuries (Definition)

An injury, of any severity, is a condition in which a person has damage to any part of his body. Examples of major injuries include gunshot wounds, knife wounds, large burns, severed ...Read more