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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
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
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
Trigger finger: Typically has a locking or clicking tendon, other things can click in a finger or thumb such as a joint, a tendon snapping over a bone spur, other areas of tendon irritation in the wrist, even a cyst or tumor on a tendon or just a joint click from. Normal motion but yes it sounds like the description you give is that of a trigger thumb. Many get permanent relief from corticosteroid injection. ...Read more
Locking: In the a1 pulley at the base of the thumb on the palmar side of the mp joint the flexor policus longus tendon can get bound up and not glide properly. This causes clicking or locking on attempted thumb motion. The motion of the ip joint is primarily affected. This is usually an overuse syndrome. Treatment consists of steroid injection, splinting, or surgery to release pulley. ...Read more
Yes: The triggering or clicking is caused by some swelling of the tendon as it tries to slide through a fascial pulley or tube. If the swelling is severe enough, it can cause the finger to get stuck in a flexed position and this can be painful to straighten out. You can try a splint, anti-inflammatory medication or a cortisone injection to treat this. ...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
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
Yours or a child's?: If you're asking about you, just stop sucking your thumb. Try chewing gum. If you're talking about a child, it depends on the age. If it's a baby or a toddler, you can't, so stop worrying about it. A baby who needs to suck will suck, and almost all grow out of it. If it's an older child try a system of rewards for not sucking, like gold stars or a desirable toy. ...Read more
Can be if it stays: Many children stop sucking their thumbs on their own sometime during the toddler years — between ages 2 and 4. For older kids who continue to suck their thumbs, peer pressure at school usually ends the habit. If lingers on, thumb sucking might begin to affect the roof of the mouth (palate) or how the teeth line up — especially if the thumb sucking is aggressive. ...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
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
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
THere are many types:
It is hard without a picture or x-ray.
There is a variant of the thumb called triphalangeal thumb where the thumb has 3 phalanges (like a finger) instead of the two phalanges that a "norma;" thumb has.
There are conditions where the thumb is hypoplastic. This means it is underdeveloped compared to a "normal" thumb and may look thinner, have a different ligament structure and have thinner muscles at its base
there are conditions known as arthrogryposis where joints do not develop normally and stiff fingers can result. While many arthrogrypotic limbs are not limited to the fingers alsone there are some mild variants known as distal arthrogryposis where only the finger joints are affected
hand differences or hand congenital (born with) anomalies are common.
Some hand differences are beyond classification (in other words we don't have a name for them they just are what they are)
the good thing is that for most with a congenital thumb difference or even a stiff thumb joint that occurs due to an injury, it is not a problem doing everything and it is not a limiting factor in any type of job, hobby or activity
you might want to search "congenital hand differences" on the web to read more. ...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
Thumb joint with:
Limited mobility and clicking, pain where the thumb meets the palm, often called the finger palm crease, pressure causing pain can be a sign of stenosing tenosynovitis or trigger finger
it is treated by antiinflammatories, corticosteriod injection and perhaps surgery if symptoms do not go away. ...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
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