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Swollen Bruised Thumb
At MMA last night, injured thumb. Now base of thumb swollen & bruised and feels stiff. Is it fractured? Is it worth wasting hospital time?
Xray for answer: A simple Xray would determine whether or not you have a fracture at the base of the swollen thumb. Direct palpation (squeezing) of the bone suspected to be fractured is also a great clinical way to determine presence of a fracture. gently squeeze injured bone in a grid type fashion with opposing thumb and index finger. If sudden increase in specific point pain-- highly suspicious for fracture. ...Read more
Last week Friday I injuried my right thumb.It was severely swollen & bruised.The swelling is still present & it still hurts. What can I do?
My thumb is swollen and bruised and hurts . Could it just be jamed frind fell on it ! he is about 80 pounds and he bent the thumb backward's
A : A thumb that hyperextends or is forced backward could not only be "jammed" ie have a joint bruise, it could have a ligament injury that needs treatment. An ulnar or radial collateral ligametn injury can be partial requiring immobilization or it may be completely torn often requiring surgery. An exam by a hand surgeon, sometimes leads to an mri, sometimes to splinting or casting and at times surgery. Faliure t-o care for these injuruies can lead to long term issues with the thumb as it is used in grasping. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Last night my thumb was forced backwards by a ball; i had instant pain and swelling. Now its swollen, bruised, and painful. It hurts in any position.
I woke up to the pad under my right thumb bruised& swollen.I didnt hurt my self to my knowledge.Ive taken ibprophen&ice.It's worse.should I be worried?
Reassurance: You doing right things. Keep ice periodically and take medication as needed. You may see improving in 24-36 hours. ...Read more
Always a reason: There is always a reason - you may just not remember anything happening to the thumb. If no pain and movement is ok, then you can certainly just watch, elevate and see what happens. If the thumb is bothering you in any way, then you should be concerned and have it checked out. Body parts don't discolor and swell for no reason. ...Read more
37 yr male was bending back landscaping material when his thumb bent backwards. Possible dislocation , put back in himself, swollen & bruise what 2 do?
Get a x-ray: You need to make sure it's not broken first! next, the stability of the joint needs to be assessed. If the colateral ligament is ruptured, you will need surgery. Otherwise, a splint for support should be sufficient. It will take 4-6 weeks to heal if it is just a sprain. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer