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Competitive Swimming With A Broken Thumb
Depends water & burn: Oil burns can penetrate skin and be deep. At seven days a deep burn is not healed, & one would not go swimming in any water until the wound is fully healed. Even healed burns can be converted for 3 - 6 weeks by swimming water. Chorine is a chemical, can irritate, even give a chemical burn to an incompletely healed/mature scar. E.G.After early scarring, apply zinc oxide to the scar before swimming. ...Read more
Preg? Scared if ders sperm in da pool I'm swimming, & scared if what if I suddenly touch/scratch my vag w/my hand (wasnt washed but dry no visible semen)
I've been doing a lot of arm and hand excersises, playing handball and swimming. Could that be why I am sore?
Activity: Activity above and beyond what you are used to may promote soreness. The good news is that if you are healthy and are not overdoing it, your muscles will usully get conditioned to do more. Make sure you stretch carefully and thoughtfully and stay limber. And warm up sore muscles and cool down tired ones, both with activity and thermally if injured. ...Read more
Many ways: It depends on the type of thumb fracture that you have. Some require immobilization only, others are best served with fixation with pins or plates and screws. If you have a thumb fracture, please see an orthopedic surgeon for an exam and x-rays to make sure your fracture is treated appropriately. ...Read more
Injury?: Can't explain this other than injury or overuse of the thumb (video game enthusiasts get this a lot). Using the thumb to text can do it as well. Look into what, if any, overuse activities with the thumb you might be doing. ...Read more
Are you referring to a thumb sucking guard?
Several designs use velcro style closure or come in various sizes.
How old is the wearer of this guard?
You may need the larger style that has a wrist strap as shown in the photograph. ...Read more
X-Ray is best way.: Taking a simple x-ray is the quickest way to determine if there is a fracture. A walk in clinic equipped with an x-ray machine should be less expensive than a hospital er is you do not have insurance. If you have a physician, an exam could steer you to the right place, perhaps to an x-ray facility with a script in hand for the x-ray. Missed fractures may lead to complications like displacement. ...Read more
Pain: Fractures of the thumb are very painful to the touch. Additionally, there can also be a visible deformity to the thumb. See your doctor if you suspect a fracture to improve the likelihood of proper healing. ...Read more
Mass: The term "corn" means a lot of different things, depending upon to whom you are speaking. I would suggest you visit your family physician or a dermatologist or a hand surgeon to determine what the real problem is and the most appropriate method of dealing with it. ...Read more
After a fall: When a skier falls on their poles the thumb can get trapped and the injury is in the joint near the base of the thumb. That's why people wear the straps so the pole can break away during a fall. ...Read more
Most likely normal: Fisting is a normal behavior is infants. This should become less common as they grow and develop. By 6 months they should be reaching and grabbing and exchanging between the two hands. Fine motor development is well defined and should be reviewed by your pediatrician. If there are problems, he may suggest further evaluations. ...Read more
Painful triggering: Trigger thumb is a stenosing (constricting) tenosynovitis resulting in inflammation and pain, often worsened by movement. When the symptoms are severe, triggering or catching at the thumb may be noted. Non-operative modalities include anti-inflammatory medication, temporary splinting, and corticosteroid injection. Open trigger thumb release may be warranted for recalcitrant cases. ...Read more
Ice, protect, eval.: Jammed thumbs can be a soft tissue injury, whereby the surrounding soft tissues are injured or sprained at the joint between the thumb bones (phalanges), or involve bony injury (fracture). A thorough evaluation by your healthcare provider will help elucidate whether an x-ray is indicated. Usually ice, compression and bracing to protect against further injury is indicated. Recovery is usually rapid. ...Read more
Ouch!: Sometimes slamming car door on thumb results in soft tissue injury and sometimes fracture. Swelling and redness may occur. Soft tissue trauma usually responds to icing. Fracture is usually detected by radiograph. Treatment depends whether soft tissue injury or type of fracture. If symptoms persist should consult doctor for examination and possible testing. ...Read more
Thumb: A jammed thumb implies there is no fracture. However one must be careful in the thumb that a collateral ligament injury of the mcp joint is not missed. Dip joint injuries typically do not involve ligametns but a"mallet thumb" may present with loss of extension due to a tendon injury and it is missed due ot inability to appreciate that there is a loss of terminal extension ...Read more
Protect your thumb: Gamekeepers thumb is a hyperextension injury caused by the thumb getting caught and pulled backwards as the hand and arm move forwards. It occurs very commonly when skiing when you use the pole straps on your wrist and they pull on the thumb causing the injury. Athletes need to be aware of the mechanism of injury and protect their hands if possible from those positions where they are at risk. ...Read more
WHITE NAIL: White nails can be do to a number of things. It can be a superficial fungous infection, occasonally a result of medication. It may all disappear with time. If you are worried, do see a dermatologist. ...Read more
Trigger finger or thumb occurs when the digital flexor tendon begins to swell, from either trauma or overuse. As it swells it becomes stuck at the entrance of the finger, based in the palm at the base of the finger. This will cause occasional clicking, stiffness, and occasionally overt locking.
Treatment is rest, antinflammatories, occasionally steroid injections, or a simple trigger release. ...Read more
X Ray: It is fair to say that if you thumb is dislocated or broken, you would have little or no movement in your thumb and significant swelling and pain. However the only way to confirm is by visiting your doctor to obtain a referral for X Rays ...Read more
It is hard to speculate without more information: are any other fingers numb? Did you have an injury? How long has this been present? Does anything make it better or worse? Is it associated with any weakness?
You really need to have an examination to get an intelligent answer.
Good luck! ...Read more
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