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Thumb Injury In Children
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
Give it time: There is nothing we know of that will speed recover of injuries. I would recommend the typical which is keep the finger moving to prevent stiffness, you can also try over the counter anti inflammatory medications if you are having pain. ...Read more
Acute game-keepers: It is a tear of the ulnar collateral ligament of the metacarpal-phalangeal joint of the thumb. It is caused by falling on your hand with the thumb outstretched. The ski pole strap and/or hard plastic molded pole grips capture the thumb and predispose to this injury. You should only use ski pole straps to hand them on a nail in the garage. Yes you may drop a pole but that is an easier recovery. ...Read more
Exam and x-ray: Fractures and ligament tears are very common injuries. An x-ray is obtained to check for a fracture and if none is found, a physical exam is performed to evaluate the collateral ligaments. Both the radial and ulnar collateral ligaments can be sprained or torn. Sprains resolve with immobilization, torn ligaments require surgical repair. ...Read more
Ice: Ice decreases swelling, bleeding/bruising, and pain. Unless it was a very large hammer or you are exceptionally strong, the chance of a fracture is minimal and the pain and swelling will improve in a few days. The black and blue under the nail may take several months to resolve. If there is a lot of pain and pressure under the nail the blood may have to be released by your doctor. ...Read more
You would need an examination by a hand surgeon and an xray to make the diagnosis and then come up with the appropriate treatment. With no other info provided it is impossible to make any diagnosis.
Some common diagnoses you can look up - basal joint arthritis, trigger thumb, ulnar collateral ligament tear, dequervain tendinitis. ...Read more
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
Need more specifics:
You neglect to mention whether it was a sprain, a fracture or whatever?
If it was a fracture it typically heals in 4-6 weeks
if it was a severe sprain usually involving
the ulna collateral ligament, it can lead
to some chronic instability which may be
hard to say more specifics without knowing
your precise injury 3 years ago. ...Read more
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
Really depends: What happened to the thumb? Is it swollen? Painful? Range of motion is still intacted? ...Read more
The splint may: Not be the best fit for your hands or it can be putting stress on the injury such as a ligament injury or fracture or it can be irritating a nerve that lies just below the skin or even a small portion of the splint may be too tightThe best thing to do is talk to the supplier of prescriber of or maker of the splint and make sure it's fitted properly and also that it's the right split for the injury ...Read more
See your doc: Your physician can help to figure out whether the injury is bone related or soft tissue and whether a specialist is needed. ...Read more
Arthritis: Narrowing of joint usually associated with cartilage damage and loss of height of articular cartilage. Could be traumatic or arthritic. If see narrowing on one side and opening up on opposite side with stress x-ray could indicate collateral ligament injury. Can see narrowing associated with fracture involving articular surface. See hand surgeon. ...Read more
Depends: A simple sprain can be splinted for comfort, a scratch can be carefully cleaned and protected with tripple antibiotic and a loose wrap. Anything more than that would best be addressed by a doctor. Make sure you have good blood flow and sensibility. Don't let it get infected. If its still giving you problems after a few days or getting worse see somebody. Thumbs are important. ...Read more
I jamed my thumb two weeks ago last Saturday the base is still red swollen and has limited motion do I need to go todr? Have had thumb injury inthe pastand now ittends tosprain butnormallyheals fast
Old thumb injury aches/burns up to wrist. Both knuckles on that thumb swollen. Ice/meds temporary relief only. What can I do?
Hand surgeon: Old injuries can heal but the joints may be chronically inflamed due to the old injuries. Chronic inflammation can result in arthritis. Anti-inflammatory medications, ice, steroid injections, splinting, can all help a symptomatic joint. A hand surgeon can help you with proper injections and followup. ...Read more