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Doctor insights on: Competitive Swimming With A Broken Thumb

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How long will it take for a broken thumb to heal?

How long will it take for a broken thumb to heal?

6 weeks: But will take several more weeks for range of motion to improve after the fracture heals. ...Read more

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Can I get HIV from swimming in a pool with a cut on my hand?

Can I get HIV from swimming in a pool with a cut on my hand?

Not likely: See these sites for more info on this subject.
http://www. Mayoclinic. Com/health/hiv-aids/ds00005
http://www. Cdc. Gov/hiv/. ...Read more

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I burnt my hand a week ago with cooking oil, can I still go swimming?

I burnt my hand a week ago with cooking oil, can I still go swimming?

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

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I've been doing a lot of arm and hand excersises, playing handball and swimming. Could that be why I am sore?

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

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Do thumbs have bursa?

Do thumbs have bursa?

No: There is a bursa at the level of the wrist involving the flexor polices longs tendon but not in the thumb itself. ...Read more

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What to do with my thumb?

What to do with my thumb?

Re-ask: I am sorry but there isn't enough info about your thumb to provide a satisfactory answer. Please re-ask question with pertinent details. ...Read more

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How to tell if thumb is broken?

How to tell if thumb is broken?

This requires X-Ray: Of the thumb and surrounding area.

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How can you fix a broken thumb?

How can you fix a broken thumb?

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

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The tip of my thumb is painful?

The tip of my thumb is painful?

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

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How can you tape a broken thumb?

How can you tape a broken thumb?

Difficult: Certain finger and toe fractures can be treated with taping. The taping is usually done from one finger to the next. This cannot be done with the thumb as there is no finger next to it. Thumb fractures are best treated in the splint or cast. ...Read more

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How rare are triphalangeal thumbs?

How rare are triphalangeal thumbs?

Very: They are present in less than 1/100, 000 live births. ...Read more

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What does a broken thumb feel like?

What does a broken thumb feel like?

Painful: Broke bones in the fingers/thumb are usually swollen and painful. ...Read more

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What should I do to keep a thumb guard on?

Explain: 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

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How could I tell if I have broken my thumb?

How could I tell if I have broken my thumb?

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

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How would you know if your thumb is broken?

How would you know if your thumb is broken?

Xray: Unfortunately you can't know for sure without getting an xray. See a doctor if you are having pain after an injury. ...Read more

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What should you do for a jammed/broken thumb?

Stop hitch-hiking: Just kidding. But a potentially broken thumb is serious. Get to your doc, an x-ray will tell, and they can direct your tx. Or referral. ...Read more

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How would you know if you have a broken thumb?

How would you know if you have a broken thumb?

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

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What does it mean to have "gamekeepers thumb"?

What does it mean to have "gamekeepers thumb"?

UCL tear: Gamekeepers thumb is the common name for ulnar collateral ligament tear. It is the ligament on the inside of the thumb. ...Read more

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I have a corn on my left thumb. How to remove it?

I have a corn on my left thumb. How to remove it?

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

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What is skiers thumb? And how do I know if I have it?

What is skiers thumb? And how do I know if I have it?

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

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Is it normal for my baby to keep her thumbs in her fists?

Is it normal for my baby to keep her thumbs in her fists?

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

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What is trigger thumb like?

What is trigger thumb like?

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

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How can I treat a jammed thumb?

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

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I slammed the car door on my thumb?

I slammed the car door on my thumb?

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

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How to tell if my thumb is infected?

How to tell if my thumb is infected?

See some symptoms: Is it swollen, is it red, is it painful? Do you see any red steaks emanating from yor thumb? If you've answered to the affirmative to any of the question, sees doctor. ...Read more

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What can be done for a jammed thumb?

What can be done for a jammed thumb?

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

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What is the purpose of a thumb sling?

Healing: Not sure what you mean by a thumb sling, but a thumb spica, or splint is usually used to treat muscle or ligament damage such as 'gamekeepers thumb'. A sling or splint allows the muscles and ligaments to get some rest and allow for proper healing. ...Read more

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How can you prevent gamekeepers thumb?

How can you prevent gamekeepers thumb?

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

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My thumb nail is turning completly white?

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

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What is trigger thumb and how is it treated?

What is trigger thumb and how is it treated?

Tendon swelling: 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

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What are good ways I can fix my jammed thumb?

What are good ways I can fix my jammed thumb?

Thumb Injury: Thumb injuries should be evaluated for possible damage to ligaments, tendons, joints and bones. Improper diagnosis and treatment can lead to long term problems with thumb function. See a sports medicine doctor or a hand surgeon. ...Read more

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I don't know if my thumb is sprained or broken?

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

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What are the possible causes of thumb nail pain?

What are the possible causes of thumb nail pain?

Trauma most common: Injury would be the most common cause. It can be caused by infections around the nail (paronychia) or rarely by tumors under the nail. It is difficult to be any more precise than this without examining your thumb. ...Read more

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I feel pain in mr left thumb and swealing. What reason?

I feel pain in mr left thumb and swealing. What reason?

Arthritis: If no injury, it could be arthritis (swollen and painful) or infection - painful and red. ...Read more

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Why is my left thumb numb?

Why is my left thumb numb?

Numb thumb: Causes of a numb thumb include pinch nerve in the arm (carpal tunnel syndrome is one example of this), pinced nerve in the neck (likely c6), or damage in the central nervous system (ms, stroke, tumor). See a pm&r specialist or neurologist to sort this out and treat it. ...Read more

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Why is my right thumb numb?

More information..: 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