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How can I treat a jammed thumb?

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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Dr. Stuart Hilliard
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Thumb Injury (Definition)

Thumb injuries are conditions including sprains, strains, and fractures that occur when there is ...Read more


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How do you treat a repetitive stress thumb injury?

How do you treat a repetitive stress thumb injury?

First thing: The first thing to do is stop doing whatever you're doing that led to the stress injury. For many in this culture, it could be texting, online gaming, etc but there are many other possibilities too. See your doctor for an exam and more specific recommendations. ...Read more

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How to treat a thumb injury with out going to doctor?

How to treat a thumb injury with out going to doctor?

Depends: A simple sprain can be splinted for comfort, a scratch can be carefully cleaned and protected with tripple antibiotic and a loose wrap. Anything more than that would best be addressed by a doctor. Make sure you have good blood flow and sensibility. Don't let it get infected. If its still giving you problems after a few days or getting worse see somebody. Thumbs are important. ...Read more

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How do I fix a thumb injury?

How do I fix a thumb injury?

Depends on injury: If you injured your thumb you should be evaluated by a physician. Xrays should be ordered to rule out a fracture. If it is a dislocation then wearing a splint will be necessary. If it is a sprain it depends which ligament is sprained or torn because sometimes surgery is required. Better to get evaluated by an md for hand injuries rather than just wait to see if it heals on its own. ...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

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What can be done for a jammed thumb?

What can be done for a jammed thumb?

RICE: Rest, ice, compression and elevation work for most strains and sprains. Otc antiinflamatories should help with pain. If it is numb, disfigured or persists see your doctor for an xray and evaluatin of the ligaments. ...Read more

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What is a common skiiers thumb injury?

What is a common skiiers thumb injury?

Acute game-keepers: It is a tear of the ulnar collateral ligament of the metacarpal-phalangeal joint of the thumb. It is caused by falling on your hand with the thumb outstretched. The ski pole strap and/or hard plastic molded pole grips capture the thumb and predispose to this injury. You should only use ski pole straps to hand them on a nail in the garage. Yes you may drop a pole but that is an easier recovery. ...Read more

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Can a thumb injury affect your vision?

Can a thumb injury affect your vision?

Not sure: Did you stick it in your eye? Sorry i couldn't resist. Seriously though there is no connection. You may want to get your vision checked. ...Read more

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What is done to evaluate a thumb injury?

What is done to evaluate a  thumb injury?

Exam and x-ray: Fractures and ligament tears are very common injuries. An x-ray is obtained to check for a fracture and if none is found, a physical exam is performed to evaluate the collateral ligaments. Both the radial and ulnar collateral ligaments can be sprained or torn. Sprains resolve with immobilization, torn ligaments require surgical repair. ...Read more