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Can you get muscle atrophy on your thumb if you ignore carpal tunnel for years and will surgery fix it?

Can you get muscle atrophy on your thumb if you ignore carpal tunnel for years and will surgery fix it?

Yes, and may be: Carpal tunnel can cause atrophy of the thenar (thumb) muscles and it may recover following surgery, provided the damage to the nerves has not become irreversible. See this site for more information on this topic. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0001469/. ...Read more

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Atrophy (Definition)

Atrophy usually refers to the skin-as you get older or if you have had alot of sun in the past-the dermis (that is the layer below the top layer which is called the epidermis) gets thinner and the skin looks more wrinked. Muscles and fat can also get thinner -this is another form of atrophy. Even the top layer gets thinner ...Read more


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What is the best steroid to heal a ucl hand injury and atrophied thumb muscle?

What is the best steroid to heal a ucl hand injury and atrophied thumb muscle?

Won't work: While steroid injection may help with the symptoms of an ulnar collateral ligament injury they will not facilitate healing or improve outcome. High grade acute ucl injuries usually require repair, while chronic high grade injuries usually require reconstructions for joint stabilization. Rehabilitation after repair or reconstruction will usually help reverse muscle atrophy. ...Read more

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Hi have pain in my right thumb?

Hi have pain in my right thumb?

Pain thumb: need to be more specific. could be injury, infection, arthritis. clinical correlation is important . Review with doctor. ...Read more

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How to stop the pain in my thumb?

Need to determine: the cause of the thumb pain to adequately treat it. In the meantime NSAID's or Acetaminophen may help to lessen pain. Take care. ...Read more

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Why are my thumbs so short and stubby?

Why are my thumbs so short and stubby?

Natural variation: There is a whole host of variations on size and shape of human body. What you consider short and stubby may be eminently suited for some tasks and vocations and would put you at a competitive advantage. Make the best use of your God given assets and talents. May He bless you with good health, happiness and prosperity! ...Read more

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What causes thumbs to swell repeatedly?

What causes thumbs to swell repeatedly?

Carpenter?: Perhaps poor aim with your hammer. Excuse the humor. Many things could be the cause; rheumatoid arthritis, compromised circulation in the area or generally, virtually anything... A visit to an md is truly your best chance to get a serious (non-humorous) and healthful answer. Good luck! ...Read more

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What is the weird tingly feeling in thumbs?

What is the weird tingly feeling in thumbs?

Pinched nerve: Sounds like a pinched nerve, most likely from your neck. See a neurologist or an orthopedic surgeon for a evaluation. ...Read more

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What cause nodules on thumbs?

What cause nodules on thumbs?

Couple of things: Somewhat common is a ganglion cyst (small collection of concentrated joint fluid). Gouty tophus, or maybe a bone/cartilage cyst, or bone spur can form "nodules" on the thumb area. If it is bothersome to you, i suggest getting evaluated. Good luck. ...Read more

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Should you pull on a jammed thumb?

Should you pull on a jammed thumb?

Probably won't help: Treatment of a jammed thumb depends on what the injury is. If it is a minor sprain, pullling on it won't help, but won't hurt. Be careful though - some "jammed" thumbs are actually complete ligament tears or fractures. Best advice is to seek medical attention if pain persists more than a few days, or there is significant swelling or bruising ...Read more