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how can you tell if my thumb is fractured or broken?

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Dr. Allen Fein
Specializes in Family Medicine
X-Ray, scan, or MRI: Usually a simple x-ray will give you the answer. Sometimes, especially soon after the injury, the x-ray will initially appear to be normal even though there is a fracture. Your physician if still suspecting a fracture may recommend an mri, or bone scan. Suspicion of fracture goes up with amount of pain and soft tissue bleeding, site of maximum pain, and findings of indirect pain on examination.
Dr. Mark Weston
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 31 years experience
I cant: Exam and xray.

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Thumb: He can make sure it is in good position also make sure there is no associated ligament injury.
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A 15-year-old male asked:

How long does a fractured and slightly dislocated thumb take to heal?

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Dr. Nicole Touchet
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Several weeks: If everything is now back in place, it could take several weeks for your thumb to not hurt at all. If it is immobilized, you will be given exercises to do when you can finally move it. Doing these every day carefully will help the healing process. Hopefully you will make a full and rapid recovery! It is also important to avoid re-injury.

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