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How long will it take for my sprained thumb to heal and what can I do to make it heal faster or feel better?

How long will it take for my sprained thumb to heal and what can I do to make it heal faster or feel better?

It depends: Where does your thumb hurt? How did you injure it? There are many factors that go into how long it will take for your thumb to feel better. Without specifically knowing your diagnosis, it is hard to say how long it will take to heal, or even if it will heal. I would suggest that you see a hand surgeon to have your thumb examined. ...Read more

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Dr. Payam Rafat
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Sprain (Definition)

A sprain is a medical term that describes an injury to soft tissue structures in the area. Common examples are a lumbar sprain, in which you might injure muscles in your back; or an ankle sprain in which you could injure ligaments about the ankle. Sprains can be from mild to severe, and so ...Read more


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How long will a sprained thumb take to heal?

How long will a sprained thumb take to heal?

If routine, <6 wks: Most thumb sprains are from falling on an outstretched hand such as skiing or snow boarding. Most routine sprains are mild and respond to hand based splinting within 4-6 weeks. More severe sprains after 4 weeks tend to show no improvement. All of these injuries need an early x-ray to rule out a fracture. More severe sprains often need surgical attention as symptoms persist despite bracing. ...Read more

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How long can it take to fully recover from a badly sprained thumb?

How long can it take to fully recover from a badly sprained thumb?

Depends: Classic ligaments sprains are graded mild, moderate and severe suggesting healing in 2-4 wks, 4-6 wks, and 2-3 months. Nonetheless there might be a fracture or ligament instability that might not heal. It should be checked. ...Read more

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What is the symptoms of a grade 2 thumb sprain? And how long does it last? (Rcl injury)

What is the symptoms of a grade 2 thumb sprain? And how long does it last? (Rcl injury)

6-8 wks: Radial Collateral Ligament injuries to the MCP joint usually heal in 6-8 weeks. Be careful not to re-injury thumb. Good Occupational Therapy program can help to maintain strength and mobility while joint heals. Hope this helps. Best of luck. Dr R ...Read more

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How long does a sprained thumb last? Grade 1? Grade 2? Grade 3? Any ideas?

How long does a sprained thumb last? Grade 1?
Grade 2?
Grade 3?
Any ideas?

Weeks to months: The more severe the injury, the longer the recovery. Grade 3 may require surgery. Immobilzation is often helpful for several weeks. The exact. Grade is necessary to determine the best treatment. ...Read more

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Is 7 weeks too long for a grade 1 thumb sprain even if I didn't ice it at first?

Is 7 weeks too long for a grade 1 thumb sprain even if I didn't ice it at first?

See your PCP: for evaluation, imaging and referral. 7 weeks is too long. If this ligament injury is not diagnosed and treated properly, it may lead to chronic instability, weakness, and ultimately arthritis and more unnecessary aggravations. ...Read more

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How do you treat a sprained thumb?

How do you treat a sprained thumb?

Depends: Probably needs to be checked due to unusual fractures at the base of the thumb that may need surgery or ligament injuries that can become chronic. If the thumb is stable then using a thumb spica splint is usually adequate. ...Read more

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How can I stop pain from a sprained thumb?

How can I stop pain from a sprained thumb?

Ice it: Immobilize it with a splint. If pain persists make sure you see an orthopedist. ...Read more

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What excersises can I do for a sprained thumb?

What excersises can I do for a sprained thumb?

Let it heal: 'Sprained thumbs' generally need a period of rest and immobilization ( thumb 'spica' splint) for a couple of weeks for healing of the 'stretched' ligaments before you exersise. See your primary care physician . Good Luck! ...Read more