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Whats the difference between a sprain thumb and a broken thumb?

Whats the difference between a sprain thumb and a broken thumb?

Alot : A sprained thumb is a soft tissue injury of the ligaments about one or more of the joints of the thumb a broken thumb is a fracture of one or more of the three bones of the thumb unless a ligament is completely torn usually sprains do not require and surgery depending on the fracture configuration and location a fracture may require surgery. ...Read more

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Dr. Payam Rafat
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Sprain (Definition)

A sprain is an injury that results from excessive stretching of a ligament, which is a tough band that connects bone to bone and holds joints in place. Rapid swelling and pain ...Read more


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What is the main difference between a sprained thumb and a broken thumb?

What is the main difference between a sprained thumb and a broken thumb?

Hard vs Soft Tissue!: A fracture involves hard tissue - i.e. Bones. A strain, or sprain involves soft tissues - muscles, ligaments, tendons, or cartilages. A fracture is often treated by immobilzation in a splint or a cast. Soft tissue injuries usually respond to cold compresses initially, and then changing to warm compresses and movement therapies. Xrays and bone scans for bones. Mris for bones and soft tissues. ...Read more

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How long do broken sprained fractured thumb take to heal?

How long do broken sprained fractured thumb take to heal?

Broken thumb: Thumb fracture usually takes about 6-8 weeks to heal. A thumb sprain can take twice as long, depending on the ligament that has been sprained. ...Read more

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

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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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 long does a sprain thumb take to heal?

How long does a sprain thumb take to heal?

Depends...: This depends on the severity of your injury. Minor sprains should resolve in a few weeks and more severe sprains can take a few months. Immobilization and anti-inflammatories will help encourage healing. ...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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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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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