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Could a hairline fracture in the radius cause stiffness and make my thumb pop when moved?

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Dr. Joseph Harhay answered

Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery

Sounds like an unrelated problem.

Answered Apr 9, 2014

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Dr. Jeffrey Wint answered

Specializes in Hand Surgery

issue that arises occasionally with a fracture of the radius ( and for some reason nondisplaced fractures) is irritation of the extensor tendon that elevates the thumb tip or the EPL tendon. Another cause of "popping" can be a separate issue in the thumb itself such as a trigger thumb with irritation from the injury or swelling due to it. These issues should be discussed and examined.

Answered Dec 1, 2014

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